There is always a part of ourselves which try to cling to the past, no matter sad or happy. This is the reason we all keep sentimental things with us.
We can never think about parting with them. Though, these Keepsakes are a wonderful way to reminisce but what if we don’t cherish them.
We had a bag full of childhood Albums but it was never a clutter because we used to take them out whenever any relative visited us. It was a ritual cherishing those memories together.
Just keeping sentimental things isn’t enough! Revisit them or otherwise its no different than Trash.
I have my keepsakes at my Mother’s place. It gives me the feel that I still belongs there. I have Slam Books, Photos, Letters, Gifts, Greeting cards but sometimes, I wonder if not having them would make the day or the memory less special? or Will my next generation would be able to connect with them as I do?
One day my Laptop got crashed and the moment I realized that all those photos are gone, I was Mad. I started crying and asked my Husband to repair it at any cost. Would I not remember those memories if those photos were gone? The answer is definitely NO. Memories are here with me, in my heart and mind.
While I was going through those Albums which my Parents have, I noticed one thing –
Earlier, there were few photos to mark the event but thanks to latest technology, we now have countless clicks for every single event.
This not only consumes our Time but creates clutter too, though Digital. Moreover, the effort it takes to select among all the clicks.
Are we creating keepsakes or perfect versions of ourselves?
We collect Tickets, postcards, souvenirs to mark the Holiday or togetherness. What about our Parents. What did they do? Their memories are their stories… to share.
We tend to keep the materialistic keepsakes and not honoring the persons involved.
Ideas to keep Sentimental things alive
Use them – If its cutlery or crochet or anything which can be put to use, take them out of the bed-box and use them.
Transform them – Give them a new life. If its your wedding dress, give it a new look. If its a Photo frame, paint it.
Revisit them – Read those handwritten letters once a while. Revisit the photos or videos.
Display them– Instead of using them as treasures, use them as decorations. They have emotional significance unlike your imported wall hanging.
Share them – Share the childhood photos with the persons involved. This will definitely bring a smile on the faces. A wonder fact- the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Take pictures or write about them– Rather than keeping the physical things, store them in pictures. Your Kid’s first shoe, first dress and so on. I write about our outings, special occasions in the Scrapbook.
Screensavers- I loved this idea by someone on the internet. What they do is setting the photos as TV or Desktop Screensaver. Their Kids enjoy this and exclaim with joy when they recognize the faces.
I am not sure about other things but the only thing I will keep throughout my Life is – Letters from my Father
Signing off with tears.