I struggle daily with organization! Like many of my readers, I am very busy. I have three kids, I work full time, and I also create items for our TPT store, Planet Happy Smiles. I also love to make labels … the teacher in me, I guess … I label most things.
I also must admit (while I am admitting things)
I LOVE Pinterest!
A while back, I saw some pictures of file boxes that looked similar to my crates that I started a long while ago. (If you go on Pinterest or Google, just search: kid memory boxes) The pictures inspired me to go back to the drawing board on my crate idea & try it again!
I did not like my crates because they got dusty, not as “cute”, small, etc. So I gave up on them. Now several things sit in piles or boxes .. YUCK, I know!
So … I went to Walmart & got these file boxes with black lids. Yes, I love the color black! I also ordered the black hanging file folders to match on Walmart.com! LOVE!!!
I made some new “cute” labels for the fronts and also the tab labels to match and I must say, I LOVE them! I laminated the labels for the outside of the boxes and taped them on with clear tape. Easy Peasy! I also made labels to match for other items I am saving for the kids. (All matching of course)
I wish I had made these a long time ago! Now, this will be my project to get everything to fit in them! I am lucky because two of my kiddos are still little. My biggest struggle will be with my oldest. Wish me luck! I hope this helps others out there that need some inspiration.
I have also used a system similar to this in my classroom for my student's memory books throughout the year. I just used two crates and split them by boy/girl! Now those need a face-lift!
If anyone wants me to add them to our TPT store, comment below or email me. I can custom make them to meet your needs!