Are you the sentimental type? Do you still have Valentines from elementary school while your own kids are in college? I encourage you to manage your memorabilia according to the following mantras:
"Does it bring me happy memories?" Don't save that breakup letter (text or email either) from the guy that broke your heart. You know it happened, you don't need a physical (or electronic) reminder to bring you negative feelings.
"Is it the best example I have?" Your best friend sends you a birthday card every year and you love her for that. But do you need to save them ALL? Find the one card in which she wrote an especially meaningful paragraph on your decades-long friendship, and tuck it away in your "memories box." The others, which she likely slapped her signature on while in line at the post office, you can toss.
"Do I need it all?" Instead of saving all of a deceased loved one's clothes because of the cherished memories they bring, I encourage you to create a quilt out of them, as I did with my mother's clothes (see second pic). You can also have quilts made of marathon t-shirts or beloved baby clothes. This way you honor the items by re-purposing them with something you can USE.
Or, instead of storing the entire 18-piece set of your grandmother's china in your studio apartment, save two tea cups and saucers to display and drink from. You know your grandmother loved you, so don't let separation guilt prevent you from keeping a small selection of her belongings and giving the rest away.
If your memorabilia is in a mess, let me know how else I can help you manage it! ...
As temperatures climb, and the end-of-school countdown begins, you may be planning a summer getaway. Whether you're flying or driving to your destination, you can benefit from some universal packing strategies: The first simple step you should take is creating a personalized packing list. There are many templates online to choose from to customize to your needs. Be as specific as you can, and be sure to save your list electronically so you can print it out each time you prep for travel. (It's also extra satisfying to check items off on a physical piece of paper!) I like to have one list for cold weather destinations (add: cozy sleeping socks) and one for warm weather destinations (add: enormous sun hat). Next, especially if you travel often, assemble TWO go-to toiletry bags. Make one a sturdy TSA-compliant clear bag which you can toss in your carry-on. This toiletry bag only holds liquids less than 3 ounces—just enough supplies for a weekend away. Then, make a larger toiletry kit that contains enough supplies for a week or two. You can use this bag when you're checking luggage. Another toiletries tip: Go ahead and buy duplicates in SMALLER sizes, or use refillable containers, for all your favorite products. In my experience, it is always worth making space in your luggage for your tried and true favorites. That way, you have those products on hand, and needn't worry about navigating a foreign pharmacy where you may not know the language, and where you will likely pay more for tourist necessities like sunscreen. Finally, when you get home, REFILL your toiletry kits right away. Make refilling these bags a regular part of your unpacking and laundry routine. Then you'll be ready to jet off at a moment's notice should you have to travel unexpectedly. Or, you'll simply save yourself stress the next time you prepare for a vacation. Let us know where you are traveling this summer, and if you need any other packing advice, in the comments below. Bon voyage! ...
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