#5 Save the Memories

Everyone has possessions that are kept not necessarily for their usefulness but rather for the associated emotional value. When you identify an object that is treasured for its memories or the feeling it evokes, you should ask yourself the following questions: Is the item something that should carefully be preserved for yourself or future generations or can the object’s sentiment be saved in another form? Is it worth holding onto and storing it in the limited space that you have? Does its worth come because of your connection to it and its story or is it truly valuable in today’s market?

If you decide to keep your object, make sure you care for it properly. Store treasures in carefully selected containers and under the right conditions to ensure they are protected for years to come.

If you are willing to part with the physical item but want to keep the response it elicits, there are many ways to do that. Below are a few ideas to get you started thinking about how you might save the sentiment without keeping the object.

• Photos can be scanned and stored electronically. They can be displayed on a digital frame that cycles through your many pictures. You can do this yourself or seek out a local business to convert them to digital form.
• Special collections like teacups, dolls or children’s artwork can be photographed and either displayed on the wall or used to create a beautiful photo book. This may be done either by simply creating a traditional paper photo album or by using the services of companies like Shutterfly, Costco, Target or Walgreens to make a professional looking “coffee table” book. This is a great project to do with your kids or grandkids. They enjoy working on the computer and it gives you a chance to share the memories with them.
• Swatches of your favorite t-shirts or tea towels can be cut apart to display the “logo” and made into a quilt. If you want to sew it yourself check out these easy instructions or look for a local business near you that provides this service.
• Yard décor such as a fountain, totem pole, or favorite statue can be photographed and brought inside to be displayed as artwork. Invest in a great frame and it will become a treasured & sentimental piece of art.
• Special medals, invitations, or swatches of a uniform or letterman jacket can be displayed in a shadow box which requires only a small amount of wall space to exhibit. Shadow boxes enable you to preserve your memories and objects in a variety of ways. To start thinking about how this would work for your possessions check online or visit your local framing or craft store to see their suggestions.

The value of an object may not be the item itself but rather the feelings or memories that accompany it. Strive to find a way to save the sentiment and let go of the object.

Coming next month… #4 Letting go
© 2019 Beth Giles

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