How to Make an ‘All About Me’ Box!
My filing pile is now almost as big as my ironing pile. But I keep putting it off…and letting it stack up. It is a constant reminder that I’m busy and will get to it ‘When I have time!’. One special thing about the school holidays is trying to keep the kids from killing each other, so I dragged out all their school and kindy stuff. You know, the art-work, pictures, cards, reports – everything.
It looked pretty sad being stuffed in no order in a cardboard box in the cupboard…. And mice (Dear Lord I have mice!!!!) had started to nibble at the corners. So as a holiday project, we (me and the boys) decided that we would put together an ‘All About Me’ Box. And for me – it was about keeping them occupied AND doing some filing at the same time. Winning on both accounts. I wanted to put all their stuff together in something that looked attractive, and was easy to use for when I needed to ‘add more stuff’. Plus I wanted to sort it into years, for when I lose my mind and need reminding of how precious they were when they were little (they weren’t – but all Mums have those rose coloured glasses about when their babies were young!).
It was so much fun – the boys and I spent literally HOURS – not so much making the box (that was fun) – but going over all the memories. Their kindy days, art-work that they had made… teachers they had forgotten about. And now I have a place to put all their school certificates and memories as soon as they come home!
So what you’ll need for your All About Me Box is:
- 1 plastic filing box per child (I got mine from the local stationery shop for $7!)
- Insert folders (most come with tabs)
- A professional labeller (I have a Brother PT-D400 – it is the shizz!)
- Couple of coloured tapes for said labeller
Let your child decorate the outside of the box as they see fit. Grab your P-Touch and label the front with your child’s name.
Next is to list all the categories that you will use in the ‘All About Me’ Box. These are the ones I used – but tailor the labels to your child!
- Kindy 2010
- Kindy 2011
- Kindy 2012
- Grade 1
- Grade 2 (etc etc)
- Cards (Christmas cards, birthday cards etc)
- Medical (All medical receipts and letters)
- Sports (or extra-curricular activities)
I also popped ‘The Red Baby Book’ that all Aussie babies have in the front – so I’ll always know where it is.
I found using a few different colors really made the box ‘pop’ and made it easier for me and the boys to find what we are looking for. I applied the actual label to the tag – rather than putting it on ‘the insert’ – it just looked a lot better.
Then, the boys and I spent the time going through each piece of paper and putting it in the right place…
Finally, the box comes with a lid to seal out any mice or other naughties. It gets popped into the cupboard where they can pull it out at any time to add a new piece, or just to go through the memories and really enjoy it.