In the chapter, “Organize Your Memorabilia”, Jennifer starts off by stating a very important point; “the trick to organizing your memorabilia is to save only what is still meaningful (keyword still), not what was meaningful in the eighth grade”. I laughed at that! It’s true with that some people, they have a hard time getting rid of anything. She brought out another great point from a *Jungian psychoanalyst* Nancy Dougherty, “keeping the memory and letting go of the object is a process of growth”. I’m all about having great memories, but not clutter which stifles growth. Keeping these points in mind has helped me to contemplate on what is important to keep, and what to let go. I have never had too much of a difficult time letting “things” go. I do want to surround myself with items that really make me happy and encourage me in accomplishing more.
In regards to my childhood items, I have condensed them enough to fit into one Rubbermaid 10 Gallon Roughneck Tote, which can be found at Home Depot for about $8. I store this in the back of my closet, since I rarely ever go into it.
Jennifer helps by outlining the following goals:
- Sort through your memorabilia and make three piles: Toss, Keep and Pass On
- If you are saving letters and must keep the envelope, unfold the letter and staple the envelope to the back of it
- Decide where and how you would like to store your memorabilia and purchase the necessary products
- Start putting your photographs in an album or photo box. Always start with the most recent and continue from there
- Consider organizing your memorabilia into life-stage categories
- Memorabilia is one of the most emotional things to organize, so give yourself time to reminisce
- Round up your spouse’s memorabilia and have him go through this process
- Store memorabilia in archival-quality boxes
- If you are saving clothing, have it professionally done
- Digital scrap-booking is a great substitute for traditional scrap-booking
The majority of my memorabilia are photos. Here is how I used Jennifer’s tips:
I love a lot of family/friends pictures in our home. Due to spacial limits, I had to be creative in how I was to arrange pictures. We actually attached these wires into the walls, but if you live in a rental or do not want something so permanent, look at the following links for similar ideas.
- Magnetic Photo Rope by Digital Photography School
- Magnetic Photo Rope by Photojojo!
- DIY Photowire Frames
- Cable and Magnet Bulletin Board (this is how we did ours)
I have put all of my “physical” pictures in matching photo albums found at Target for $15 each. I also categorized and labeled them by my personal, travel and family pictures. Then I categorized my boyfriends the same. Then I have “our” photographs in their own albums.
I am planning on using Jennifer’s tip to create photo albums/ scrapbooks digitally. The pictures I take now rarely ever make it to print so I think this is a great way of creating beautiful elements for your memories.
My travels, special occasions and my running are really important to me. So far, I have created two scrapbooks that contain memorabilia for these events.
My running medals are very important to me. Not only do they remind me of the hard work I put into obtaining the medals, but they also inspire me to keep working harder to accomplish more! I have hung them in my office.
Another type of memorabilia that I find very special and which I choose to keep are the special occasion and Christmas cards that I receive from friends and family. I keep certain ones out and the rest of them I have put into a photo box for safe-keeping.
I keep out just a few special cards to be able to look at in my home office. Here are two options I’m using, a Magnetic Metal Tile by Board Dudes I bought at Target or in a simple glass frame. These two ways allow you to switch out the cards very quickly.
I appreciate Jennifer’s thoughts and ideas for this week’s challenge. It helped me to decide on what really inspired me and what I want to keep rather than what I felt like I had to keep. I have opened up the opportunity for more growth in my life. This will also help me to decide what I will bring into my life in the future. Great ideas indeed!
***Please also check out the amazing women who are also participating in the 12 Week Organize Now! Challenge: Jennifer @ Mother Thyme, Bonnie @ House of Grace, Pamela @ the dayton time and Michelle @ Eamich ***