April 5

Memorabilia – A Start

Posted by lori . 8 Comments


This month, I’m going to start organizing my memorabilia.  My first question, “What’s the difference between heirlooms and memorabilia?”  Here’s how the dictionary defines the two:

Heirloom -  A piece of property that descends to the heir as an inseparable part of an inheritance of real property.  Something of special value handed on from one generation to another.

Memorabilia – Things that are remarkable and worthy of remembrance.  Things that stir recollection or are valued or collected for their association with a particular field or interest.

I found an interesting post about organizing memorabilia on Organize for a Fresh Start by Sue West.  Here’s what she suggests:

Before diving in, it’s always good to consider “why” you want to do something.  Why organize your memorabilia?

1.  To connect your present with your past. Honor the past, without getting stuck there.

2.  Pass along the key memories, the treasures.

3.  Understand which belongings are important to your family history.

4.  Understand how your memories fit into your broader community and culture.

Sue suggests that establishing a reason, a theme, or a value – something you stand for, can help the process along.  One of the things to consider…What do you have to say and to who?  Here are four benefits to choosing a reason, theme or value:

1.  You gain focus. There’s a purpose, a goal, an event or a theme behind what you’re doing.  Ask the question this way: “I’m organizing my memorabilia so that …. “

2.  Knowing these answers will motivate you when your inspiration is a little short.

3.  As you start your walk down memory lane, you’ll be searching for the treasures which support your reason/theme/value … and spending more time on these memories, rather than on every single item.

4.  It will be clearer what you might let go of.

Organize for a Fresh Start by Susan Fay West looks like a wonderful book; one I want to read.

Daily Inspiration


The past is never dead, it is not even past.

William Faulkner

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8 Responses to " Memorabilia – A Start"

  • Declan says:

    It’s a great idea.Mum has moved around a lot and doesn’t have much that she has hung on to Deccy x

  • Patty says:

    I am big family history buff. One of my prized possessions is my father’s military records. He died 25 years ago, and unfortunately, I didn’t ask him many questions about his life before me. I guess I am off topic here. LOL I don’t keep many items, but there are some things like my Dad’s records that are important to me.

  • Penelope says:

    Hmmm, me thinks I need to go through the “boxes” We have all kinds of stuff – some of it memorabilia, some family records and some – just junk.

  • Those are great tips!
    Dachshund Nola

  • OK, I just popped over to Amazon and bought that book for the Kindle. I am in DESPERATE need of organising and decluttering my life. I am hopeless at doing it, too, with hundreds of false starts under my belt. Let’s hope this little book can really get me motivated to do it, and do it properly!! Thanks for the nudge. 😉

  • I think I might have more memorabilia than heirlooms. But I have no children to pass anything on to and am the youngest of my siblings. I guess someday they’ll live in a strangers’ house or in landfill. Sad to think about it, but that’s life. Did I mention when you started this series that I started a blog to document some memorabilia and memories? My siblings were to busy/lazy/uninspired to play so I lost the desire myself. I wonder if it would be possible to stuff it into poor Georgia’s blog!

    LOVE the look of that autograph book. Wonder what thoughts sit in yours and if any came true lol.

    Have a great Easter break! 🙂 x

  • houndstooth says:

    I like the idea of organizing it by theme! I can picture some really cool projects done that way!

  • Bassetmomma says:

    Great tips! I have boxes and boxes of things I need to get organized. It will help by categorizing items!

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