What the heck do we do with all the pictures, drawings, school projects, and little gifts from our kids? I mean, I love them all but my daughter’s love language is gifts. So we are ALWAYS getting special pictures, drawings, or crafts from her because that’s her way of showing how she loves us. But I’m on a journey to eliminating clutter from my life. I want more space. I want a chance to breathe and not feel like I’m CONSTANTLY cleaning. Is it wrong to want a clean house AND be able to enjoy time with my kids?
I saw somewhere a picture of a triangle that showed mom’s sanity, a clean house, and happy kids on each of the points. The meme stated, you can only choose 2, which 2 are you going to choose. For a long time, hands down, I wanted happy kids and happy mom to be my choice. But you know what I realized….a clean house was a HUGE contributor to my sanity. I don’t think you have to choose between the 3. I think you CAN have a balance of all 3.
So in my quest to eliminate stuff without losing the memories (or breaking my dear daughter’s heart), I found an app called Keepy. It’s been amazing. It has both a free and a paid version (with the amount of drawings we get, I totally bought the paid version).
You can take snapshots of your children’s drawings, crafts, projects, whatever and store them. You can have multiple kids all stored in the same account. You can store voice recordings of your child telling you about the picture or take a picture of your child holding the drawing so you can document age too. And best! You can add “Fans” so grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends can see all the magical drawings and leave messages too.
It’s definitely a timeless way to preserve and capture memories without all the clutter. And if you did want to print all of it in a book, they make it pretty seamless too with having photobook and other photo gift options (although I haven’t tried that part yet).
If you haven’t snagged a copy of my FREE 5 Steps to Breaking Free From Clutter, you should totally do that! Breaking free from clutter has changed my life. I finally feel like I can enjoy time with my kids because I’m not spending day in and day out picking stuff up.