If you are overwhelmed when it comes to managing your memorabilia, my organizing colleagues have some expert advice for you. Get more great ideas in Part 1 of this series.
Chantal Imbach of Simply In Order
Honour these prescious items by displaying them, using them, re-purposing them (eg sew a pillow case or a quilt using shirts etc). Or take a picture and give them away.
If you decide to keep it, store it like it means something not just thrown in a box. Only keep what brings a special memory to mind. It’s okay to toss brochures, maps, and info you can find again or online.
Rachel Murphy of Simplify My Life
If the item doesn’t bring you joy, true joy let it go. The item(s) don’t define the relationship. That way the items you do keep have more meaning and you have more space to actually display them and enjoy them. i.e. You don’t need 20 pictures of the same place, person, time to keep the memory. Keep your favorites and toss the rest.
Debbie Pendell of Down Pineapple Lane
Your family will not value what they cannot see. Memorabilia becomes just “old stuff” to your kids, and they will throw it away when you are gone.
Heather Powell of HP Power Studio
I find a lot of parents (mom’s especially) want to keep their children’s art throughout the year. I suggest a a display area for their favorite things that can be rotated and then a holding spot that they can put everything they “might want to keep”. At the end of the school year is an ideal time to sit down with them and go through that years stuff, writing the year in the back of items they want to keep and adding any special memorable info. This is a great time to also snap photos and put into a digital folder for the school year and possibly print a book! (then you may not need to keep an the originals) Then not only are you only keeping what you love but your able to look back and spark those memories with small cues (like dates, occasions etc).
Sabrina Quairoli of Sabrina’s Organizing
I tell my clients and live by this question while looking at memorabilia: Does this item bring me happy memories when I look at it? If it doesn’t, I suggest getting rid of it.
Diane Quintana of DNQ Solutions
It’s important to know why you’re keeping the item. I ask my clients to keep things that have real meaning to them. Sometimes things loose their significance. It’s a good idea to sort through the memory box periodically to remove those items & add in the ones that are now meaningful.
Kathy Rogers of Baltimore Photo Solutions
So often, the story is the most important (valuable) part of memorabilia. It might be just a plain old shirt, or serving dish, but if the story that makes it special to your client is preserved (and I like to do that with a picture of them holding, wearing or using the item) then that makes it more special to future generations. Sometimes just documenting the item and the story is enough, and sometimes it makes it special enough to keep the item around. (I don’t want to share my clients’ private stories, so here’s and example from my family). My parents have a wooden chair that’s kind of plain & not super comfy or useful. But we know it’s the Evans chair, and that it’s been in our family for almost 200 years. My dad knows who made it, and who had it in their homes, the whole way down. By itself, the chair would get sold through an antique auction, but now with the story attached, it’s one of the most special pieces our family has.
Linda Samuels of Oh So Organized
One of my clients did this and I loved the idea. As she was sorting decades of memorabilia, she set some of it aside to do as a “show and tell” with her children. After she showed the physical items and shared stories about the objects, she was able to let them go.
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Bonnie Shay of Mariposa Creative Solutions
1. For each item you are considering saving, ask yourself if your Mom had saved a particular item for you, would you appreciate it now? 2. Focus on quality over quantity: Save a representative sample of each year.
Hazel Thornton of Organized For Life
Honor your favorite keepsakes by using them and displaying them. The rest is clutter.
Kim Tremblay of Space for You
Writing or telling someone the story behind the memory. Preparing to do a ritual around being able to let go and Keeping the best of the best.
Seana Turner of The Seana Method
Remember that clothing you are keeping for sentimental reasons doesn’t need to live in your closet. Keep it in a safe space, but out of your main dressing area.
1. Memorabilia doesn’t go with other “like” items. It goes with other memorabilia. It’s important to identify what is memorabilia and what is not.
2. Only keep memorabilia that brings you Joy. Remove from your home all memorabilia that brings you pain.
3. Memorabilia only has two locations: to display or to stash. Make sure both locations are attractive, to honor the memory.
Teri Winfield of High Desert Art & Frame
Preserve those irreplaceable memories in a format that you can enjoy – daily! Books, photo albums, framed (traditional and digital)
What is your favorite way to honor your memorabilia?
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