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Creating a Home for Sentimental Items

Updated: Apr 17, 2022

During this season of spring cleaning, it’s a great time to not only dive into your deep cleaning projects, but to tidy up around the house. As you’re putting things away, you will likely notice that not everything has a home. While some of those items may be clutter and can be tossed, recycled, or donated - you’ll inevitably find items that you do want to keep.

When I’m working with clients, we end up finding sentimental items that are definite “keepers”, but don’t necessarily need to be displayed. If that’s the case - the next time you find yourself shuffling those items around different surfaces (hoping not to lose track of them along the way), consider creating a special home for those treasures with a sentimental bin.

This designated home can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. Many of my clients choose to store their sentimental items in simple plastic bins, like this Sterilite line found at Target. Others prefer to go all out and use extra special bins, like these gorgeous Bigso Marten Ash Grey Boxes from The Container Store. Those who have Photos and Memories might choose Native Archival acid free boxes. No matter which way you go, be sure to label your bins and boxes so you know what’s inside, and you’ll be all set.

The benefit of the sentimental bin is that the next time you want to take a trip down memory lane, you can go to one place to see your curated collection from your personal history. An added plus is that as you’re finding more items throughout your home, they no longer need to do the dreaded “clutter shuffle” - moving around your home but never having a place they belong. If you put this simple system into action at home.

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