For all my life, I've been battling my hoarding tendencies (see an example here): I've always had a hard time getting rid of things. Magazines, books, jewelry, candles...you name it, I have it. But recently, I've been trying to get things under control and learn to edit. Funny enough, I have no problem editing my closet several times a year, and throwing away (or more often donating) things that I don't wear and love anymore. But I still have a long way to go before I can call my place streamlined and decluttered.
There is one thing however that I will never ever get rid of: my souvenirs. I had one shelf in my closet, packed with boxes of various sizes, full of photos, old letters (yeah, I once lived in a world without email, crazy, I know!), theater tickets and museum brochures. My own memory can be fickle, and I love the fact that I can get lost in my souvenirs any time, and remember the beautiful and funny things that happened to me.
However, the way I used to store these souvenirs was neither practical, nor systematic. That's where this easy DIY project came handy. I found the biggest shoe box possible and used the same technique as here to cover it with beautiful pink wrapping paper. And since I wanted its purpose to be easily recognizable, I chose a bunch of vintage postcards from Paris (that I buy in stacks every time I'm in my favorite city in the world) and secured them on the lid with a tape. Not only are all my memories stored neatly in one place now, they are in a lovely box that never fails to put a smile on my face when I get a glimpse of it in my closet.
Do you have a special way of storing photos and other souvenirs? Do you even keep things like that or do you throw them away without a second glance?