Your first step in creating a memory box is finding a box. Your first instinct may be to search for pretty decorative boxes with fabric lining and jeweled lids. That’s not necessary. In fact, while those boxes may be pretty, they probably won’t serve your purpose very well. You’ll need a box that’s durable. It’s going to be around for a long time, and it’s probably going to spend a lot of time in basements, attics, garages or the back of a closet. For this reason, water proof and weather proof may be a great idea. You’ll also need something big -- and we mean BIG. Remember, you’re going to keep 18 years of precious items in this box and you don’t want to run out of room.
Your best bet is to find a rubber storage tote -- the biggest one you can locate. It can be clear or not, that’s a matter of personal preference. Just make sure the lid closes tight. Get one tote for each child and label it clearly with their names.
If you don’t have any children yet, you can skip this part. If you do, it’s time to start the hunt. You probably have important items and keepsakes you’re stashing away for your children tucked into several nooks and crannies around your house. Go through every room and gather all of your children’s keepsakes. You can keep anything you want, but some suggestions are:
Once you have everything gathered, simply load it all into each child’s box. There’s no need to label everything, but you may attach a note to anything whose origin isn’t obvious. It might be a good idea to attach notes to items detailing any special memory you have of that piece.
Once you have the boxes started, it’s easy to keep them up. Every time you come across something you would like to save, simply put it in the box instead of shoving into a drawer. By the time your child is 18, you should have a box that’s overflowing with memories to make him or her smile.
Don't tell your kids what you're doing. Let it be a wonderful surprise when they're finally old enough to receive their boxes.
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