What do you do with sentimental items?

I am still working on cleaning out and reorganizing my office with the Self Starter’s Weekly Tips forum January Clean Office Challenge. If you missed them, you can check out this blog post for before pictures.

I started going through an old letter box and found everything from really sentimental items from my grandparents, to articles I wrote for my high school newspaper my freshmen year in 2000.

So my question is: What do you do with your sentimental items?

I want to keep these items but I’m not sure what to do with them. Some of them are name badges from when I started to college at Auburn up to abstract Dr. Pepper bottles from my great-grandparent’s bottling plant.

Preservation Idea

My grandparents are getting older and I’m sure by the time Riley is old enough to remember details of their stories, they will be gone. L My mom and I are planning on taking down my recording equipment and getting some of their stories and memories documented. Then I am going to have my team transcribe them and create an e-book style transcript of the stories. I know a printer who prints and binds books pretty inexpensively so I can give a copy to my mom and her 3 sisters, and all of my cousins to carry on their memories.

If you would be interested in doing something similar, please let me know so I can consider putting together a package (just in time for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.)

Looking forward to your ideas.

Erica

P.S. I am cleaning out my bookshelves and on Monday, I am going to post a list of books I’m giving away. So far there are 18 books. There may be 30 or more by the time I finish. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter if you want to be notified with the list.

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Comments

  1. Dave Doolin
    Twitter: websiteweekend
    says:

    I don’t know. I’m 48 and have a garage full of memories. If I get rid of them, their gone. That’s painful at my age.

    My advice is to scrap book it, write about it or take pictures of everything can, and pitch the stuff that matters least. If you let it build up, it gets harder and harder to deal with. I came by it honestly. My father came of age during the Depression. Save *everything.* You *will* need it again.

    • Erica
      Twitter: Cosminsky
      says:

      That’s what I need- A Garage! I think it’s time to start looking for a house with an enclosed office. My 2 year old has sticky hands, so I can’t just make a tray or something of tokens. She even climbs and takes stuff off my bulletin and white boards.