I read a good blog titled Jettison the other day from the site Something Over Tea which got me thinking about where all of my important possessions are around the house. I also learnt about the word jettison which (according to the Online Cambridge Dictionary) means:
to get rid of something or someone that is not wanted or needed
This idea of getting rid of things is fine for lots of reasons and anyone following my blog will know that I’ve been doing it nearly every day this year. Now and again I come across a keepsake. I tend to just stick it in a pile ‘somewhere’ hoping that eventually the pile would be big enough to put ‘somewhere else’. Occasionally I put it in an already unorganised drawer, hoping to return to it one day to make it lovely and tidy (another blog for another day).
I don’t want me or someone else in the house to accidentally jettison things that are important to me. Having said that, I’m a bit overprotective when it comes to stuff lying around the house so that’s not likely to happen; however, when I’m gone… what then? Would the rest of the family (if they outlive me) want my precious keepsakes or even know what my precious keepsakes are? Will it even matter?
At least if I keep them in one place they can decide. So, I need to create a new system and get better at storing those things. I used to be mega tidy and organised when I was younger, so I know it’s possible. I’ve just got lost along the way, which makes sense when life gets busy.
Memories Keepsake Boxes
The other day, I found a two of these ‘memories keepsake boxes’ in the spare room that I was attracted to whilst shopping years ago.
They were filled with papers and other clutter and had things piled on top of them. I emptied them and put them on top of my wardrobe with some keepsakes. I haven’t been adding to them since then; I sort of forgot they were there.
Today, I took them down and went through the contents and decided what I was going to store in each one. As and when I find things around the house now, I can put them in these boxes. It’s good to have a place for things – it makes the decluttering process much quicker.
These ‘lifetime of memories’ boxes may not last long as they are collapsible boxes with those popper things on the side, but at least I can keep things in one place for now. I can always transfer them to something sturdier later on.
How do you store your most important possessions?