How to Organize All of Those Valentines!!!

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My daughter is someone that really likes to hold on to…EVERYTHING! She saves just about every piece of paper she has ever written on. She has a hard time getting rid of clothes that are 3 sizes too small. She even has trouble letting the tooth fairy take all of her newly lost teeth. This is her. We have embraced her borderline hoarding behaviors and try to have conversations with her about letting things go whenever necessary. She has begun to take a much more rational approach to holding on to things. :-)

Now, this is not always a bad thing. I must say, her recycling/upcycling efforts are nothing short of amazing, often times coming up with the most creative ideas and crafts.

Just yesterday after she brought home 21 paper Valentines from her school party, she put up quite a fight when I started to clean them up after she had taken the candy off of each one. And naturally, I went right for the recycling bin. She just about had a fit. Of course every single Valentine was nothing short of the kind of thing she would want to hold on to FOREVER. So…I presented her with a challenge. I told her that if she could come up with an organized way to keep these, one where I would not find them laying all over the house, then they were hers for as long as she would have them.

About 5 minutes later, she came down the stairs with a small 4×6 photo album (the kind you get in the dollar bin and have a million of) from H’s room. It was one that I had never filled and had been sitting there for the last 15 months, unused.

It.was.the.perfect.choice. Yet again, she was successful at another challenge by making it an upcycling activity!

So, if you still have those Valentines floating around the house because your special someone won’t get rid of them…here is a great solution!

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About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I have a hoarder too! But, honestly, I think I cherish these memories (kindergarten valentines! Even watching them pass them out was adorable) just as much if not more than him!
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  2. Cute idea! And easy to store!
    Heather S. recently posted…Pirate Patch, Mateys! {Party or Valentine’s Day Craft}My Profile

  3. Oh wow! That IS a great solution! I’ll be getting Princess Nagger on that STAT – she’s just like your daughter, she likes to hang on to EVERYTHING. Of course, I think I passed that pack-rat gene down to her, because I do the same. đŸ˜‰
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    • I know…I don’t think I mentioned in my post that her gene of saving everything was from me…although I have gotten MUCH better over the years:)

  4. Thanks for the cute Idea. my daughter love saving them. My son is like cool candy then pitches them.
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  5. What a great idea! My daughter does the same thing…saves everything! At least she tries to. We call them her “treasures”. While we’re snowed in and she won’t have her Valentine’s party at preK on time, I’ll keep this in mind for when she does come home with all her new “treasures” for sure! Visiting today from #SITSBlogging
    LeeAnn G Taylor {Life, Love & Mysteries} recently posted…How to Prepare Your Marriage For a Stellar Valentine’s Day & Beyond: 3 Keys to a Rock Solid MarriageMy Profile

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