Memorabilia : Treasured Keepsake or Clutter?
Handwritten notes, children’s artwork, report cards, ticket stubs . . . little tidbits of our lives. What’s worth keeping? What should be released? Only you can decide which items hold most meaning and importance for you.
As you decide which items to keep, we do offer a word of advice. Keep those items that truly stir your heart or capture important events, and allow yourself to release the rest. In her book, The Gift of the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh compares our lives to the process of collecting seashells. Imagine that you are exploring the beach, gathering shells along the way. Each time you uncover a shell, you carefully consider its beauty and uniqueness. You decide whether or not it is worth keeping. By carefully choosing which shells to keep, you end up with a small collection of beautiful shells that bring you joy. If you had insisted on keeping every shell, then your beautiful shells would be lost in the mass of other shells.
The same can be said for your memorabilia. If you insist on keeping every item that is attached to a memory of an event or special person in your life, then you will soon be overwhelmed, and your truly precious keepsakes will be lost among the masses.
If you need more convincing, then just remember the major side benefit of purging. Your task of organizing your memorabilia will be so much easier!
Once you decide which items to keep, you can make the secondary decision on how to store or display the items. Whichever method you choose, you should be sure to protect your keepsakes from acid, lignin and PVC. The quality of the materials used in your memorabilia will impact the longevity of the item.
If you would like to include your memorabilia in a scrapbook album, you have several options:
To safeguard your precious keepsakes, practice these “Don’ts":
If you’ve been feeling guilty because you haven’t organized and protected your family’s keepsakes, then take heart. This accomplishment pales in comparison to the significance of the journey you embark on each day -- creating joyful memories with the people you cherish most in your life.
YOUR SAFE MEMORABILIA STORAGE CHECKLIST
Here's An Idea!
Make A Collage or Photo Book
How about taking photographs of all those precious works of art from your children and turn them into a book or a collage! You can document the artist, their age and a little something about the piece or work and maybe even include a photograph of the artist with their "bio".
I made the collage to the right using Smilebox. I just used a sampling of artwork including a self-portrait my daughter did when she was in elementary school. (She is 18 now!)
Collages and photo books are easily done using companies like Smilebox or Picaboo! Release the works of art guilt-free! (Take the photos now while the artwork may still be "fresh" because construction paper fades quickly, glue-stick glue doesn't stick for long and the pieces that look so bright and colorful will not be the same ten years from now.)