Join Date: May 2002
Location: Northern California
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I have figured out something that works really well.
I bought one of those tower of rubbermaid style drawers (it has like 3 big, deep drawers, and 2 little ones at the top). It can fit lots of stuff in it. I put it in my closet, and when the kids show me what they have made and I can tell they are really proud of it, I tell them "I want to save that one--put it in my special mama drawers!" and they happily run off and put it in there themselves.
This takes care of the issue for me, and they love knowing that it is there where it won't get lost.
Many of their items I quietly put into the recycling bin, but if they come to me and seem like it is very important to me, then I tell them to put it in our saving place, and this solves the issue. Sometimes there are things that I choose to put in there too--things I love that they make--like mother's day cards or special items. It gives me one spot to go to, rather than storing it all over the house.