Tip 1: Set LimitsThe intent of keeping memorabilia should be to allow the past to support your enjoyment in the present. Ask yourself, How much space do I have? What is a reasonable amount of memorabilia for you? What types of memorabilia do I want to keep? Keep items that bring you joy when you look at them, and items that tell your story or the story of your family. If you're holding on to something out of guilt, consider letting it go. Ask yourself why you're really keeping something. Most memorabilia is sentimental in some way so your answers don't always need to be rational, but they do need to fit within the limits you created.
Tip 2: Prepare YourselfSorting and organizing sentimental items can send you on an emotional roller coaster. Plan on taking a lot of time to sort through your keepsakes. Ask someone to go through things with you so you can share personal stories and feelings throughout the process.
Tip 3: Pare Down Your CollectionThe goal of paring down your memorabilia is to create a collection that tells a story and preserves a memory. The focus is on quality not quantity. Save the most significant items and let less important keepsakes go. Keep your set limits in mind, and don't save more than you have space for. Some things, like children's art work might be a special part of your family's story, but can take up a lot of space. Consider taking pictures of all the pieces and having them printed into a special artbook that you can share with your family.
Tip 4: PreservationNow that you've identified your most meaningful items take the time to preserve them properly so they can be enjoyed for years to come. Certain techniques are better than others when it comes to long-term preservation of important heirlooms and memorabilia.
FABRICS: Although your fabrics might not be antiques quite yet, treating them as if they are will extend their life considerably. If any fabrics are in your memorabilia collection you may want to follow the guidelines laid out by the U.S. National Archives. How To Preserve Textiles You may also giving your favorite fabrics new life by turning them into keepsake quilt, or preserving special items in shadow boxes.
PAPERS & PICTURES: Pictures and papers are best stored in acid-free folders or boxes, or archival safe picture plastic sleeves.
DIGITAL PICTURES: Digital pictures end up filling a lot of space on our computers and nothing else. Try using a company like Snapfish, Shutterfly, or Mixbook to create beautiful photo books easily. There are a lot of other options too, so shop around to find the best look and price for you!Lots of memorabilia look great turned into displays and used around your house. Selecting a few great pieces to beautifully display can really add to the character and design of your home. Check out my Memorabilia: Organized board on Pinterest for some great ideas on preserving and display your memorabilia!