Before our kids even enter the world, their stuff starts accumulating. In the beginning, our homes fill with clothes and diapers, car seats and cribs. Once they start preschool or elementary school, the tidal wave of paper hits. After experiencing this onslaught of artwork, homework and more, moms Jenny Nevins and Karla the Losen decided to create Savor, an organizational system for archiving their kids’ keepsakes. Below, they share their best organizational tips and some fabulous parenting hacks.
Congratulations on the success of Savor! What inspired you to launch your company?
Jenny: Savor was borne out of real need I had as a mom. I had all these important artifacts from my children’s lives, and yet they became a source of guilt. As we talked to other parents, we realized everyone has a plastic tub of shame somewhere. We thought we could make it easier for families to save what matters most.
Do you have any organizational tips for moms who’re overwhelmed by all the papers that kids bring home from school? How do we decide what to keep and what to recycle?
Karla: Edit! Keep the most important pieces of work and digitize others as a back up. Once your children are old enough, they can select what they want to keep and store and organize their keepsakes in their Savor box themselves.
At my house, when we want to remember something extraordinary like a good report card or Broadway show program, we now say, “That is going into my Savor box.”
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
Jenny: Washing dishes after dinner. By the time dinner is over, I just want to be done.
Karla: Housework. I am not a fan of housework and luckily my sitter and my husband pitch in a lot on a daily basis.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Jenny: I love cooking and spending time with friends. I’m also obsessed with my book club.
Karla: My family most relaxed when we are in the country! In the winter we ski, and in the summer we spend time at the lake playing tennis, hiking, paddle boarding, barbequing and watching terrific sunsets. The best part is that it is mostly a device-free zone so we all get the chance to unplug.
What is your best parenting hack?
Jenny: Packing cubes are a game changer. They make you feel organized when you’re sharing one big suitcase as a family and you don’t have to destroy your luggage to find what you want.
Karla: Seamless for weekday meal ordering. Given the hectic evening sports practice schedules that my two kids have several times per week, we cannot always have home-cooked meals. Luckily NYC is abundant with a wide variety of delivery options so you don’t get bored. We tend to have more sit-down, home cooked meals together as a family on weekends.
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
Jenny: I don’t know that it’s a white lie, but they have no idea the portions of chocolate that I might sneak at night.
Karla: Be good, because Santa Claus is watching.
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
Jenny: When I convinced my daughter to face her fear and go back to surf camp after a bad first day. It seems small, but I think figuring out how much to push your kids beyond their comfort zone is one of the hardest things about parenting. It’s when I have the most doubt about whether I’m doing the right thing. When she went back and realized she could do it, I felt proud.
Karla: There is not a single moment that I can cite, but feel grateful and proud that my kids are growing into truly happy individuals who are comfortable with who they are. There are so many aspects to my children that make me proud of the people that they have become.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Jenny: Don’t be afraid to take risks.
Karla: Find the joy in all that you do and experience in life.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Jenny: Saying no to your kids is harder than saying yes, but it makes all the difference.
Karla: Do what you love! Don’t be afraid to pursue your interests, become an entrepreneur or embark upon a career. You may sacrifice some time with your family to create something great, but your family will be proud of you and cheer you on along the way.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
Jenny: I have a supportive spouse, supportive kids, and a great babysitter. But I’m also not sure there’s much “balance” there!
Karla: As a business owner and a consultant to several other brands, the scales are tipped a little more in favor of work vs. life as of late. But luckily, I can work from home when needed, so I am not missing too much.
What was the last book you read?
Jenny: Pachinko—a fabulous multi-generational story of Korean families living in Japan.
Karla: I Love Me Just the Way I Am by Jenny Mollen. It was honest, witty and outrageous! I love her IG posts as well.
Favorite Beauty Product:
Jenny: DevaCurl One Condition. I’m not a big product person, but this leave-in conditioner is genius for curly-haired girls.
Karla: Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss has the perfect amount of tint and moisture.
Favorite Form of Exercise:
Jenny: Anything that is a hard workout and available on ClassPass.
Karla: When I have time, my son and I try to run together, or I’ll do Pilates, spinning or ride a CitiBike.
What is on your DVR?
Jenny: Silicon Valley, The Looming Tower
Karla: I really don’t have time for TV, but sometimes on the weekends, my kids and I love to watch Modern Family and Shark Tank together. We also sometimes watch Master Chef Jr. on Sunday evenings while making Sunday dinner.
Favorite Kids Store:
Jenny: DoodleDoos—it’s perfect for birthday gifts.