Are you Capturing Memories without hanging onto mementos? Or are you hanging on ever so tightly?
When my daughter was just 3 years old an entire box of pictures disappeared. No one one knew what happened to the box or where it could have went.
I was devastated to say the least. The box held memories of my sweet baby girl from the time she was born up until just weeks before the incident.
All the pictures in the box were 8×10’s and were all framed. So it bothered me that that an entire box of framed pictures just disappeared.
It bothered me so much that I kind of became obsessed with losing those mementos’. Those were my memories and things and I wanted them back!
It took some time for me to get over it. I think it was because she was my first child and I wanted to capture every moment.
As the years went by I slowly stopped missing those framed pictures. Why? Because I realized that every year I switch the pictures out with new ones.
In-fact I don’t even hang pictures anymore. Well I take that back. There is one picture of everyone on my living room wall. And one picture of me and my husband on our wedding day.
Will I add more pictures? No. Instead, I will change the current pictures out with new ones.
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Why I Stopped Buying School Pictures
Can I tell you a secret? I stopped buying School Pictures when my daughter was in elementary school.
At first I felt horrible. Like I was a bad mom. But in all honesty it felt good. Really good!
I think what made me do it was the fact that every year I spent a ton of money on pictures just to give 95% of them away to family.
What began to tick me off, just a little, was visiting said family members and seeing the pictures laying on the table. Never framed and never put in an album.
Now I’m not saying all grandparents are like this. However, times just aren’t like they used to be.
It is so easy to hop on Facebook and see a photo that was taken just seconds before. And seriously, who still carries pictures in their wallets or their purse?
My dad does but he is 70 years old and I believe the pictures in his wallet are older than me! Not sure how that is even possible 🤔
How to Capture Memories and Let Go of Mementos
- Put It to Use
There are some sentimental items we own that we simply don’t use. Often times, these are family heirlooms or things we find too “nice” to risk using every day.
While that’s understandable, it might make sense to reconsider keeping something that’s just taking up space. After consideration, you might decide that using it makes more sense.
For example, if you have a set of china from your grandmother and a set of everyday dishes, perhaps you might want to think about using the “good” dishes for everyday and getting rid of your “ordinary” set.
After all, shouldn’t every day be a celebration?
- Display It
Another option is to find creative ways to display a treasured item or collection.
Grandma’s lovely china pieces would probably look quite lovely displayed on a special shelf or in a shadow box.
You could choose just one place setting, and either donate or sell the remaining.
If you simply can’t part with the pieces, at least these bulky items could be moved to another location such as storage.
- Repurpose It
There are also lots of ways that mementos can be repurposed into useful items.
Let’s take another look at your cherished china. What if you don’t wish to actually use the set, but still want a creative way to remember and honor your grandmother?
There are companies that turn old dishware into jewelry or art pieces.
- Take Photos
You could also take photos of sentimental items like that china or other bulky pieces. Then put your pictures in a nice album or even create a scrapbook.
Write a paragraph or journal entry about the piece to record your thoughts and memories.
Perhaps you could even create a family blog.
- Scan It
Speaking of photos, sometimes old family photo collections can be quite cumbersome.
If you find you’re storing boxes and albums of pictures you never look at, you could always take time to scan and digitize them.
These can be viewed on an electronic device or placed in a digital frame for display. Consider scanning documents that are sitting in filing cabinets, too.
You could save a lot of space in your home.
I hope these ideas help you to feel more in control of your sentimental attachment to certain possessions. You can honor your things without letting them take over your life.