I just might be sentimental to a fault, but it’s just part of who I am. I love to document everything, keep items that are meaningful, and do so in the most organized way possible.
Compulsive organizing might be a fault of mine too. I may need to see a therapist.
Looking back over Cypress’ first year of life, I’m SO glad I took the time each week to take her picture in the same spot. It’s so incredible to flip through them and watch her change before my eyes… and remember how tiny she once was! I absolutely recommend doing this if you have a fresh squishy baby in your future. Even if it’s once a month rather than every week.
I did the same thing with the twins (which was MUCH more of a commitment) and I treasure these pictures. And the girls love to flip through their albums and remark about how they compare and change over time… mostly regarding hair growth.
I may have gotten my sentimentality from my mother, because she kept boxes and boxes of my (and my 6 siblings’) clothes from our childhood, bless her heart. And I LOVE that she did that. Awhile back, at my sister-in-law’s baby shower, my mom gave Carrie two tiny outfits from my brother Tim’s babyhood (Carrie’s baby daddy and husband), neatly in ziplock bags… and complete with a very vintage photo of Tim wearing that specific outfit 20-some years ago.
I separated out all the outfits that they wore for these shoots and made piles, and put the photos with their corresponding outfits.
I picked up some cheap-o generic ziploc bags, got comfortable, turned on some music, and got busy!
I laid out each outfit and folded each one in such a way that it was the same dimensions as the baggie (and therefore would take up the least room). Like so…
Then, this is where things get classy… squish out the air by whatever means possible. I used my legs, but if you use an actual vacuum sealer, I won’t judge you.
I was surprised by how this sophisticated method worked. Those things are FLAT! Here’s a stack of 8… crazy compact, no?!
I know sometimes blog posts tend to make things seem easier than they really are, and sometimes the really ARE very easy! But this process of folding/bagging outfits (though very simple) TOOK FOREVER if I’m being honest with myself and you… which I always am! The whole time I was doing this, I kept thinking to myself am I a little CRAZY? And then I would think this is such a GREAT IDEA! It was like I had two little guys on each shoulder saying conflicting things!
I’m ok with being a little crazy. I even wrote Cypress a little note and put it in the tote with all these bagged outfits. There’s no way to know if my kids will be as sentimental as me… but if they’re even a fraction, they’ll be grateful I saved these sentimental keepsakes for them.
I love knowing that each of my 3 girls has their own box of baby clothes (complete with photos and memories) to reminisce over someday, and possibly pass onto their daughters! This brings me immeasurable joy!
Do you have special memorable outfits from your little tyke’s childhood that you are saving for him/her? Or do you save ALL their clothing? Do you have other ideas for sentimental keepsakes to pass down to your children? Do you think I’m a little neurotic? Let’s be honest.