Saving Keepsakes For Kids: How Do You Handle It?

Saving Keepsakes For Kids: How Do You Handle It?

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Tess Wilson
Sep 29, 2014
(Image credit: David Telford)

With a new baby on the way in the family (not my baby!), we've been tucking away favorite children's books and St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia for the little one. We only have a couple more months to wait until the baby's triumphant arrival, but it's gotten me thinking about more long-term keepsakes...

I know my mom has several boxes of childhood treasures saved for me in the attic: handmade dresses and quilts, books, and any toys that were beautiful/beloved/well-made enough to make the cut. Many others remain at my parents' home, not packed away, and have been played with by decades' worth of visiting children. I don't know what I'll end up doing someday with all of my old things, but I'm glad they're there.

Along with saving things for the new baby, we're also setting aside things that the 8-year-old might want someday, either as reminders of childhood or as treasures to pass along to future children, nieces, nephews, and/or fairy godchildren. These are in one of our storage totes in our dehumidified basement, and I think one tote will probably end up being enough. So far it contains favorite-but-outgrown t-shirts, wooden toys, handmade books, handmade baby blankets, and many wonderful picture books. Someday we'll add the collection of awesome metal earth movers, original LEGO creations, all of the cool building sets (Zoobs, Toobers and Zots, etc), and, oh my goodness, the books. We're definitely going to need another tote for all the books.

Do you have things from your childhood somewhere in storage? Are you holding onto your things for future children or have you already given them away? Are you saving your children's favorites for their children? And are you running out of room?!?

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