February is the month of love, and many kinds of love bring up many kinds of memories. As I mentioned in my last post, here are few tips to help you organize your own memorabilia.
It may be tempting to set photos aside until you have time to place them in albums. Don’t make this mistake!
Did you know you can get storage boxes designed specifically for organizing 4×6” photos? Tweet this
When choosing photo storage boxes or albums, make sure they are acid-free to protect your memories for many years to come.
If you have young kids, the artwork they bring home from school can mount up quickly, but here’s a way you can keep them under control.
- Paint a large bulletin board to match your décor.
- Tack your child’s artwork on the bulletin board.
- At the end of each month (or each week, if they’re in pre-school) take a photo, clear the bulletin board, save the treasures, and start again. At the end of the school year, you’ll also have 10 photos of their art ‘collages!’
Instead of tucking treasures away in a drawer or storage chest, display them in a shadow box. Lisa Woodruff of Organize365 says, “Keeping a tangible piece of a memory allowed me to let go of the larger items of my heritage.”
Take Your Time
Life is filled with periods of transition, such as the loss of a spouse or parent, a divorce, moving, having a new baby, or sending your child off to college. All of these times of transition are opportunities to sort through and pick treasures.
Going through keepsakes can be a very emotional process, especially if you’re going through the belongings of a loved one who has recently passed. As you go through keepsakes, allow yourself time to honour the memories. Divesting of a parent’s belongings all in a short time can be too much all at once. Letting go of things slowly over time is totally understandable.
What is one keepsake you have that you can never part with?