Curating Your Life: Creating a Home Filled with Cherished Memories
I am a big believer that keepsakes and other items stashed away in boxes are not really that important if they are not a part of my everyday life. Of course not everything can be displayed all the time but if you have the opportunity to keep something from a loved one that has downsized or has died, think about choosing something that can enrich your life. The same thing goes if you want to buy a souvenir for your travels. Keepsakes are an important part of many people’s lives, but if you don’t know how to display them, they can be easily tucked away.
Christmas is an important holiday for me and I bring out all the sentimental items.
1 – I display a nativity set from both of my grandmothers. They instantly make me think of celebrating Christmas in their homes. One year, my parents were at our house and when we finished decorating, my son helped set up each of the sets from that side of the family.
2 – We have a reindeer basket in our living room where we place holiday cards and it came from my husband’s grandparents house.
3 – On the first trip we took with our son when he was 6 weeks old, we bought a Christmas ornament. On every trip we have taken since we have purchased a new ornament (or keychain) to hang from the tree. It’s a fun trip down memory lane when the tree goes up but it is also a fun part of the trip to pick the ornament to represent the trip. This year, our tree only has ornaments from our travels and it brings me so much joy.
4 – We have glass bowls from both my grandma and my husband’s grandma. I rarely use them to serve food but one sits out in our living room and is where we place cards for birthdays and other holidays. During December, other bowls are filled with ornaments not on the tree.
Beyond Christmas, we have several things throughout our home that are from our family.
- The desk and a small dresser in our guest room have been painted and are fun accents.
- An old kitchen table has been painted and sits in our family room and gets used for games and puzzles
- In our kitchen, we have an old TV cabinet that houses shoes and a few things right inside our back door
- The chair in my son’s room has a different cushion on it but this can be seen in several photos from my childhood
- On our dresser, I use an old tiered candy tray to put my jewelry
What are your favorite keepsakes?
I would love to know what things you have in your home that are “keepsakes” that become a part of your everyday life.
Want to learn more about storing keepsakes for later use or display? Check out my blog on keeping keepsakes. If you need more tips on memorabilia storage and photo organizing, schedule a free 20-minute consultation with Lisa!