Organizing Travel Keepsakes


It’s the last week of school for the kiddies here in Toronto and that often sparks the beginning of family vacation time. Family vacations are usually chock full of memories… good, bad and funny. We want to preserve those memories and one way to do that is to creatively organize and store the keepsakes that come home with us. For more tips on organizing your trip click here for a blog I did a few weeks ago.

keepsakes1Have you come home from a trip with a bag of maps, brochures from museums, cultural spots or restaurant menus. It all made so much sense in the heat of the trip and you want to remember these memories forever!

Ok, flash forward three weeks, your home and now you have a bag of randomness from the trip and no idea what to do with it. However, you still love it and want to keep it.

If you take the items out of the bag and arrange it in a way that you can see it, love it and remember the good times you had on the trip than it’s not clutter. If you keep it in a bag in a box or filing cabinet never to see the light of the day it’s clutter.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Take a simple wooden box and paint it with the name of your vacation location. Limit the number of keepsakes to the size of the box and display them artfully on a shelf. They are easy to take off and look through or share with family and friends.

I love this idea from Martha Stewart, oh Martha you’re always full of the best ideas! Take a silver ring and a hole puncher ankeepsakes2d create a simple keepsake you can hang up or keep on a shelf.

 

 Another very simple way to organize keepsakes is in a photo box. Take all the tidbits of this and that and keep themkeepsake3 in labeled photo boxes.

Also, consider a journal while you are away. You can log funny stories, memorable restaurants and little moments you don’t want to forget. You can add pictures, ticket stubs or metro cards to the journal as well.

On a side note, here is a great idea for all the foreign coins you have stored from your travels!