Friday, April 13, 2012

Life Story Binder

Even though my oldest is only 2, I have started noticing the papers and pictures start piling up.

I found the most wonderful idea about how to organize all of these things into a "Life Story Binder".

Kim at All Things Simple gives a wonderful tutorial on how to do this.

All of your kids' birth certificates, yearly photos, social security card, important events, awards, etc., can go into this binder.

I started one the other day for Charlie and Walker.


Kim also gives a suggestion checklist for what to put in your binder.

You can find her checklist here.




Now, all of those doctor's visits stats are tucked away neatly....



And I can easily find Charlie's 1st preschool picture.



And in the future Charlie can see just how crazy I was about his schedule when I was preparing for Walker to be born...

I had Charlie's schedule in a folder on our counter and in my car just in case I had to rush off to the hospital to have Walker...which is actually what happened. I also boo hooed before leaving for the hospital because I wasn't going to have a chance to tell Charlie where I was going since it was 6 in the morning. I wrote him this note in the middle of a contraction.


And I have a place to store all the extra bday invitations.


I love this idea and am so glad I found it!

12 comments :

Lindsay said...

Such a great idea! You're so organized. :)

Emmy said...

You are so so smart to be starting this already! Good for you. Looks great

B said...

this is a great idea! definitely going to have to remember this one!

Callie @ YouDontEvenKnow said...

This post is getting bookmarked for when I have little ones!

Jess Frost said...

I'm with Callie - brilliant idea!

Mary said...

This is just a great idea! Recently I cleaned out my car and I had no idea what to do with Max and Maggie's blessing certificates, which have been in there for almost a year -- we're not going to frame them, and heaven knows I don't have the time {or inclination} to scrapbook, but a binder of useful info is just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

Also, I can't wait to go to Target and buy some of those pretty patterned binders that they have there -- I'm always wanting to own them, but I can't justify it without a good reason. :) Thanks again!

Jenn @ PSP said...

This is a fantastic idea! I love that it's both organizational and sentimental : ) Totally racking up the idea for future kids!

Kim M. said...

Your binders look great, Ashley! Thanks so much for sharing my blog link--appreciate it. You're so lucky to be starting these when the boys are young. They're darling by the way. :) Loved reading your blog.

Andrea Dickherber said...

This is such a great idea. I don't have kids yet, but I'm trying to save all of these fantastic ideas so that when we start our family, I'll be a supermom from the beginning! :)

Andrea
Left brain, right brain, pug brain.

Bon Bon said...

Genius idea! I'm so doing this! xoxo

Megan said...

How cute, what a great way to keep all the memories together and sorted.

Trina said...

That really is a great idea! So much easier than what I did. We got a wallpaper book (with all the sample pages) and taped the kids artwork in there, then they'd have a scrapbook feel too. I laminated them so they wouldn't get torn while people look through them. I love going through the artwork once in a while...actually we all do, lol. Mine is so permanent though. I do like your idea.

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