Organization · Scrapbook

Getting a Handle on the Memorabilia/Paper Clutter


As I scrapbook, I’m one of those people that likes to incorporate all of the tickets, programs, history of the event/place, greeting cards, Holiday cards, birth announcements, ETC ETC ETC that go with the pictures.  This causes several problems:  (1) Keeping up with everything (2) Making sure everything that’s been “kept up with” makes it to the scrapbook room (3) Said items remain in some sort of date order (especially since I’m about 4 years behind on my scrapbooks) (4) Containing all of these random items in a neat, organized fashion.

A few years ago, after our wedding actually, I took a step back and looked at my various piles (they always end up in the floor under my scrapbook table!!!) {side note – this picture is from a few years ago in our other house} and thought I need a better solution.  Who am I kidding?  I just needed a solution!  
The coloring book and crayons make me smile… a reminder that my niece had been in there playing 🙂
So, I did what any other person would do in this situation… turned to my friend Amazon.  I was after hanging file folders.. and not just ANY hanging file folders… pinkones!  Voila.  Thank you Amazon… that was easy.
Then, it was off to Staples where I found the perfect clear containers for my new pink hanging file folders.
Then…. these beautiful items set in the hallway… OUTSIDE the scrapbook room… for a few …. weeks.  That’s the joy of being a working woman!
Then.. a magical thing happened.  I had time to put the stacks and stacks and stacks of paper clutter into an organized manner INTO their new homes!  I ended up using one to collect items in to make my wedding scrapbook; one was used to organize the “year before the wedding” (i.e. parties, wedding dress/decor shopping, cards, engagement pics, misc. things all related to planning the wedding and being engaged); and the other I’m using to sort all the memorabilia I want to incorporate into the corresponding scrapbooks.  Perfect solution for me.  Only problem is that my bin is already full.  Sigh.  Need. More. Time.
I was going to do one folder/month but I quickly learned that wasn’t the most efficient way to utilize the folders/space.  Some months I don’t have anything and others (April for example) is always busting at the seams (my birthday, Easter, trip or two).  I tried to keep the months on the tabs consistent from year to year but always adjusted where it made sense to accommodate the amount of items needing to go in the folder.  I also have some separate large folders I didn’t put in here simply because there wasn’t room and they are “complete” trips.  Similar to the large brown folder in the back of this picture.  Maybe as I empty out some folders I’ll have enough room to add those trip folders into this bin so everything is one place (the original goal).
I’ve utilized this system for almost 4 years now and it’s still working great for me.  I know where to easily file the items I want to keep to scrapbook and don’t have items stuck all over the house to keep up with.  Just this week, I pulled out the January – April 2013 folders to get some pages ready to scrapbook, and tossed several of the items that I had been keeping all these years.  It’s funny how your perspective changes over time and now my goal is to “get it done”.
So far, Carter doesn’t have many other items other than pictures to go in his scrapbook.  But for the things he does have (holiday cards, info from doctor appointments, etc.) I’m utilizing a similar system but just within a drawer in my scrapbook table.
What are your paper/memorabilia storage tips?

3 thoughts on “Getting a Handle on the Memorabilia/Paper Clutter

  1. I LOVE this system you are utilizing to organize all your memorabilia/special papers! I got married in April 2014 and still need to scrapbook our engagement, my bridal shower, our wedding, honeymoon and so on. I still have all my memorabilia/special papers in a pile and plan on organizing it all soon. I’m headed to Staples this week to get a plastic file bin like you have along with file folders and am going to get started! Thank You So Much For The Inspiration!


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