This month’s Organizing Challenge is organizing memorabilia . The summer time is a great time to go through your memorabilia. “Why” you may ask? You have extra time. You also are about to go on other vacation trips and will most likely buy souvenirs that you will then need to find homes for. Which then you will need to hopefully remove the ones that you don’t want anymore. Let’s start from the beginning.
What is memorabilia?
Merriam-Webster definition of Memorabilia as “objects or materials that are collected because they are related to a particular event, person, etc. : things collected as souvenirs”.
To help you determine what your memorabilias are, here is a list of some examples:
Artwork and Statues
Clothing – like concert t-shirts, team and band t-shirts
Scrapbooks, photo albums, yearbooks
Trivets and hot plates
Mugs, plates, pottery, spoons, and glassware
Documents – diplomas, degrees
After you determine what your memoriabilias are, mark days on the calendar this month to review them. Depending on how large the collections are, it may take 15 minutes to a few hours to go through them and get rid of the ones you can do without. Pass yourself, you will be fine. It’s OK to get rid of some of your memorabilia.
How to decide what to get rid of?
Well, ask yourself these questions to help you out.
- Where did I get this? If you can’t remember where you bought the item, get rid of it.
- Is the memory that it represents a positive one? If no, get rid of it.
- Will I be OK if I let go of this? If your answer is yes, let it go.
Answering these questions will help motivate you to make a decision on the item.
If you are starting a collection, start with small collections. Years ago, I learned to keep my memoriabilias collectibles small. For example, when we go on vacation, we buy Christmas Tree ornament. Then, at end of the year, we place them on the tree displayed for all to see. It has been 20 years so we have a lot of wonderful holiday ornaments and enjoy looking at them once a year on our tree. Just lovely!
What do you collect? Do you keep them out in the open, in a box in your closet, or somewhere else? What struggles do you have when trying to get rid of memoriabilia? Join the conversation and leave a comment below.