The Stuff We Save
There is a box in your closet containing ticket stubs from every movie and theatre production you’ve ever been to. Your grandmother’s teacup collection is in the bottom of the TV unit because you don’t have any room in your buffet or kitchen. You have unframed family photos leaning against books on your bookshelf, stuck on the fridge with magnets, and some even tossed in your junk drawer.
How To Honour Your Memories
I can feel you trembling. You think I am going to suggest you throw these treasures away. I hope you will be surprised that I would suggest that its time to focus on them instead. Our lives are made up of our memories and we collect tokens along the way that help us to remember them. What good are these treasures though, when they are hidden from sight, collecting dust, or curling at the edges? You owe it to yourself to honour your memories by creating a way to display them without creating more clutter in your home.
There are so many ways you can honour your memories by displaying your possessions in creative ways. I’ve included just a few to get you thinking.
Here are some ideas for the theatre stubs: fill a shadow box with them, create a collage and frame it, mount them in a scrapbook and write interesting memories of that show or time in your life beside them.
What about the teacup collection? You could take a picture of each set and create an album including pictures of your grandmother as well. This would allow you (if you felt moved to) donate the collection to a women’s church group or seniors home. You could select pieces and have a three teacup display that you rotate a few times a year. You could use the teacups throughout your house to organize your jewellery, display some pretty soaps, or hold your paperclips.
And the family photos? A family photo wall is the most inspiring use of them. Buy matching frames in the sizes necessary and make a wall of memories. You could also scan them all into a computer and purchase a digital photo frame that plays a continuous stream of pictures. Photos are often simply organized by putting in photo boxes by year or person because they take up less space than albums and save time in organization.
Our stuff brings up so many memories. I want you to honour those memories by making space for them to be on display and truly be a part of your life. If you need help with this, contact me, and let’s start organizing!