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!