Loc: Just a short drive from Nashville, TN! (Yee-Haw Ya'll!)
|Posted: 8/29/2013 8:56:13 PM|
Just cleaned out a big area in my studio with file folders full of enlargements of pictures, professional portraits of my daughter, school papers, art work she created, poems I wrote for my husband, love letters he wrote to me, work recommendations, tickets, brochures, greeting cards, just tons of paper ephemera that I saved for some reason over the last 20 years!
I'm trying to think of a good and organized way to sort it but I am stumped. Maybe a big file box with sections of tabbed chipboard? I just had it crammed in a file sorter and it was so full I didn't know what I had in there. I do have plans to make some of it into albums but until then, I need a resting place for it.
How do you store your memorabilia? Please be very specific!
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 8/29/2013 9:06:36 PM|Completely randomly stored in a few different boxes. It is not a system I would recommend.
Loc: So Cal
|Posted: 8/29/2013 9:40:27 PM|
I have a file sorter from the office store. It has monthly tabs and I have one per year. For general memorabilia that I'm not going to scrap I have 1 large box from IKEA per family member to keep their stuff.
|Posted: 8/29/2013 9:58:06 PM|
Completely randomly stored in a few different boxes. It is not a system I would recommend.
Teeheehee! I was thinking the same thing...a lot of mine is also stored this way, unfortunately.
However, I do have memorabilia from specific trips or events stored in other ways that DO work. Several trips have everything stored in separate office supply store acordian files. I like that system because you can get them in a size to fit the amount of stuff you have.
For kids artwork that's too large for an accordian file, I save it in one of those large artist portfolios. These also come in different sizes depending on what you need. They're kind of expensive, but I got mine at M's with a 40% off coupon (what else?)
Loc: Canby, Oregon!! :D
|Posted: 8/30/2013 12:26:56 AM|
Another random boxes around the house girl here.
I think Noell Hyman has a pretty good set up for her memorabilia. I thought I heard her describe it on one of the PRT podcasts. I was listening to it on the treadmill so I didn't get to take good notes but I think she keeps it all in an idea binder.
Loc: Just a short drive from Nashville, TN! (Yee-Haw Ya'll!)
|Posted: 8/30/2013 12:38:22 AM|Thanks all! Maybe Noell will chime in. I have listened to every PRT and vaguely recall that but I wouldn't begin to know which episode!
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Loc: Newport News, VA
|Posted: 8/30/2013 4:33:19 AM|
I keep it all in photo boxes. Letters and cards together, travel memorabilia together, photos together. All the boxes are labeled in the little slots on the outside; the photo boxes are the only ones where I use labeled dividers inside (with the year or "childhood photos," etc.) The other boxes just have everything piled in.
I've been thinking about using a Smashbook for the travel memorabilia, might be fun to "do" something with it all.
Loc: Winter Park, FL
|Posted: 8/30/2013 5:59:40 AM|I have found a system that works for me. I buy the clear 12x12 plastic "envelopes" (poly) in a 10 pk (they come single-cheaper to buy 10 pk. on sale or with coupon) at Michael's Recollections. Located in the storage section hanging on a jpeg most of the time.
I labeled each "envelope" with my "handy dandy" label maker" by subject. I storage all in a basket that slides on a bookshelf or in the old wire racks that I used to use for storing my paper and have since converted back into regular "cubes". I just grab my "envelope" when I'm ready to scrap my memorabilia.
I can also take my brochures, tickets, etc. and break them down and clip them with giants clips or simple paperclips-use post its to label and place back into my envelopes. Pull out when ready.
Good luck finding a system
Stuck In The Bucket
|Posted: 8/30/2013 6:39:55 AM|
I used to have mine sorted by subject but recently changed it to by year. I like it so much better. Everything is all together. Some school stuff can be tricky to split up but that's the only hang up.
I have a folder for each year and for the current year I have a folder for each month. At the end of the year I plan to go through it and toss anything I may not use. I bought two plastic file boxes to put the folders in.
If its a big event I paper clip everything together. I also add post-it's to remember what it's for.
I started an index as well so if the boxes start getting full I can go to the pictures and scrap. In addition, I put a note with the pictures to remember I have the memorabilia. I now have all my bases covered.
Loc: New England
|Posted: 8/30/2013 6:46:27 AM|
Thanks for the question... I need a system too!
I bought a large clear box for each of my kids and just tossed stuff in there. Much of it without dates so that won't help. I also have stuff for me, DH, and of course travel stuff. I will be following this thread closely!!
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|Posted: 8/30/2013 7:00:18 AM|
I use clear plastic/poly 8.5x11 envelopes from the office supply store and label them by subject. They stand up on a shelf but don't take up much space. They are see through and durable.
I always bring one on vacation to hold all the bits and pieces of paper I pick up. Keeps things contained and organized.
|Posted: 8/30/2013 7:10:31 AM|
Except for the large portraits and pictures, if I can't reduce it, take a photo of it and/or stick it in a pocket in a scrapbook, it goes in the garbage. I tried to save some of that stuff, but finally couldn't tolerate all the clutter anymore.
(It was 40 years of stuff for me, so maybe that was the difference.)
I kept thinking, my kids are going to have to deal with this some day and after cleaning out my mom's stuff when she passed away, I didn't want anyone to have to do that for me.
I keep the enlargements in a large drawer with other photos.
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Loc: State of cultural confusion. Yeehaw and Aloha have collided!
|Posted: 8/30/2013 7:21:15 AM|
I use a drawer in a file cabinet. Files are named for events (cruise) or people for the most part.
If you are generally happy with the system you now have in your file sorter just go with it in a larger way. Use a small two drawer file cabinet instead of the file sorter so you have more room.
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|Posted: 8/30/2013 8:46:32 AM|
I have a medium sized clear file box from Staples. I have a few folders for family that I use mainly for travel memorabilia then files for each kid. I separate the kids stuff by grade and keep it filed until I scrap that school year. Whatever doesn't make the cut into their school albums generally gets tossed.
"When was the last time you did something for the 1st time?"
|Posted: 8/30/2013 9:39:22 AM|tossed in an expedit drawer, not very organized but I know where it is.
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Loc: Portland, OR
|Posted: 8/30/2013 1:43:58 PM|
I have filing cabinet with folders by year. For years with a lot of stuff, I might have several folders.
After I'm done with a project, any memorabilia that I haven't used and can't see a reason for keeping or scrapping gets tossed.
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 8/30/2013 2:21:17 PM|
I have stuff here and there, and there and here, lol.
I am pretty much organized in most areas of my life, except this one.
But then again I keep everything. Every little piece of paper, or wrapper, or business card.
I was going to start a file a month. I was going to use a zippered pouch, one for each month...but that was almost 8 months ago, lol.
Loc: Århus, Denmark
|Posted: 8/30/2013 3:14:37 PM|
I have a toss box for current memorabilia. I go through it quarterly when I get my photos back, match stuff up to photos as needed, and purge as appropriate.
All my memorabilia eventually gets stored in with my photos. I use binders with pocketed pages to store my photos in chronological order. I simple add the memorabilia into the adjacent pocket. If it is larger, I put it in a page protector and fill it next to the related photos. Memorabilia without photos gets store the same way, as that part of my system is all chronological.
The exception is my kids' school stuff. They go into designated files, one for each child. At the end of the year, I sort and purge, and start a new file.
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In The Shadow
Loc: Columbus, Ohio (Southwest of)
|Posted: 8/30/2013 4:26:45 PM|
I use a 3 ring binders with page protector with dated tabs. If it is bigger than 12x12 it won't fit in an album anyway, then I take a picture and toss it or give it to the original owner (example-childs artwork)
How do I remember when to include the memorabilia? I always check my binders before I start a page.
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Loc: pea formerly known as GIPfunny
|Posted: 8/30/2013 11:38:12 PM|
In large, unused pizza boxes labeled by year.