Organizing Your Keepsakes
A few Summer’s ago I decided to work on the huge bin of photos which allowed me to not only organize but preserve photographs that had been in my family since the early 1920’s. It was worth the time and effort as all the photos are now organized and preserved ready for the next step which is to be digitized.
This year I thought it would be great to tackle the memorabilia. The letters, cards, art work and other items I accumulated over the years. As you get ready for the fall this would be a great time for you to tackle those keepsakes that have been accumulating in your home and life. Following are ways I tackled my project.
Letters: Since not many people write letters anymore the letters I receive are special. I still have every letter written to me and I acquired the letters I wrote to my Mother which I am not ready to get rid of. With items like letters I suggest the follow:
- Gather all the letters and correspondence.
- Keep the ones that bring you joy and toss those that make you sad or angry.
- Get a container or decorative box label it and store them until you are ready to let them go.
Cards: The birthdays, thank you, holiday, thinking of you, congratulations, etc. can add up over time. It is especially hard to get rid of them when they have a heartfelt note written inside. You can’t keep them all nor should you. Following are the guidelines I use to purge my cards:
- Holiday-I only keep a year’s worth of Christmas Cards. Currently I have cards received Christmas 2017. Keeping these cards helps me start my 2018 Christmas Card List.
- Birthday-I keep cards received from my 50th birthday and after. The only exceptions to that rule are the cards my parents, godchildren and best friend have given me. I also still have the giant card I received when I turned 40. All the rest have been tossed.
- Other-Since I have been in business for almost 25 years all the cards I received from co-workers at previous jobs I tossed.
- Once you decide what you will keep store them in a clearly labeled container or decorative box.
Art Work: I have the artwork from my godchildren, neighbor’s children and children attending a daycare. I am not ready to part with any of them and a few are on my refrigerator. I also have artwork from my Mother which is watercolor paintings she did before I was born. My goal is to have them framed and until I do I will use Artkive. Artkive will create a keepsake book from the photos of my Mother’s watercolor paintings and can do the same for your children’s artwork. I am excited about having a book I can share with others and cherish for years. Artkive is offering my subscribers a $15 off your order. Once you hit the checkout button type in the promo code organizerjanet so you can receive your discount.
Photos: As you work through your memorabilia you may come across a photo or two. If they are old and you want to keep them, they may need to be preserved. Check out my blog which has a complete timeline of the project and below are few steps you can take to organize those photos
- Gather all the photos.
- Sort them by category. I sorted mine photos by Taylor family which included grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins then photos of my childhood.
- Select one category to start with. I decided to work on the Taylor family photos because they were the oldest.
- Preserve old photos. I purchased acid free album pages from Exposures Online and began transferring photos to the new pages.
- Enjoy the completed project. Take a journey back in time and rediscover your family history.When organizing your memorabilia work on one category (cards, letters, artwork) at a time. Start with the items that may be the easiest to weed through like cards you received from co-workers at your first job or the one you want to organize the most like your child’s art work. Just think that when you are done you will be able to truly enjoy items and preserve them for future generations to enjoy.
Have you decided to organize your memorabilia? If yes what are you going to tackle first? Please share. If you feel you need assistance or help with your project click here so I can help you on your journey to living an organized life.