I received a Savor Keepsake Box for review, but all opinions are my own.
My husband loves it when I leave piles of paper on the dining room table.
OK. That’s a lie. I can actually see every muscle in his body tense up when he notices my (super organized) piles. In my defense, kids produce a lot of paperwork. There are all of the forms and important reminders that come from school (that’s one pile). There are the worksheets (another pile) and then all of the artwork and the little notes and all of the cards and mementos from special occasions (like that time they made those really cute tickets for the dance performance they never got around to staging).
I don’t save all of them. There are some things that I quietly slide into the recycling bin (only to act completely bewildered when they’re fished out and presented to me by an insulted-looking child). Can you imagine if you saved every single piece of paper your kid doodled on? You would be buried in that shit. Still, I’m a totally sentimental mush and I save a lot.
The problem? I don’t exactly have a system for saving my kids’ keepsakes—unless waiting until my piles are so big that even I’m sick of them and/or my husband loses his shit over them so I dump them into a big Rubbermaid bin in the basement is a system. I mean, at least I have a large bin labeled for each kid, right?
But when we went to the New York Baby Show a few months ago, I met one of the owners of Savor, a keepsake storage system that makes it a million times easier (and prettier!) to organize childhood memories.
Savor produces these boxes, which they call libraries, that make saving memories as simple as filing them into a folder—only this folder isn’t one that will get lost or torn to bits because it’s stored in bright, beautiful and sturdy handcrafted fabric boxes. They look gorgeous on your shelf and make reliving old memories so much easier.
When Jenny of Savor offered to send me one, I jumped at the chance.
So let’s get back to my big bins. Here’s a look at Samantha’s:
That’s what eleven years of sliding papers into a bin in the basement looks like. Before I pulled it out for this post, I literally had no idea what was in there. My best guess would have been everything. And I would’ve been right. There were birthday and Mother’s Day cards, art projects, school work and random little drawings. Some of them made me all sentimental and puppy eyed. Others made me wonder why the hell I kept them.
I slowly started weeding through the pile, moving the ones that made me scratch my chin to the recycling bin and organizing the others so that they would go into folders that made sense. Savor provides these cute illustrated labels to help categorize things and even includes a little birthday survey that you can make copies of and fill out each year.
We were sent the Baby Keepsake Box, which contains one box for vertical files and a second box for collections. The Collections box has drawers of varying sizes to includes things like baby’s first tooth, a lock of hair, rattles, hospital keepsakes, etc. The School Years Keepsake Box is two boxes for vertical files: one marked Work (for school papers) and one marked Whimsy (for out-of-school memories). For both editions, you slide the smaller boxes into a larger one that keeps them together.
I love using Savor to organize family memories for two big reasons:
It makes you edit what you save.
When you’re just throwing stuff in a bin in the basement, it’s really easy to accumulate 18 gallons of stuff that overwhelms you to think about, which is exactly what I had. I’ve been wanting to weed through this stuff for years, but I always stop short because it’s such a big undertaking (and because I had no idea what to do with it all once I was done sorting). With Savor’s keepsake boxes, you have an organized system that is so much easier to go through regularly and pull out the things that don’t stand up to time.
You can actually enjoy your keepsakes instead of just storing them.
I mean, what’s the sense of holding on to all of this stuff if it’s in the basement where no one will ever see it? Yeah, it makes me feel better to know it’s there if I want to look. But let’s be real. What are the chances that I actually will? I’ve looked through Samantha’s bin zero times since I started it roughly a decade ago. But when you put it in a really beautiful box and keep it on a shelf where you see it regularly, you’re much more likely to thumb through things every once in awhile. Even if it’s just holidays and birthdays, it’s a huge improvement over the basement bin.
The moms behind Savor are offering Cuddles & Chaos readers 10% off your purchase (excluding gift wrap) through 8/8/17 by using code cuddles10.
Before you head over and order one for yourself or for a friend (these would make a great baby shower gift!), let me know in the comments how you organize family memories—I can’t be the only one with piles that drive her husband insane!