How to cherish sentimental items
I'm not very sentimental but I do love living among things that hold special meaning.
There's no right or wrong way to live with things that hold memories and stories. There are no hard and fast rules but, if you ask me, the best way to treat the sentimental items in your life is to make them part of your daily life. At least put them on display where you can admire them and they can spark your joy.
Hiding away objects of sentimental value may extend their shelf life, it's true. But it strikes me as an odd way to cherish something or to honour someone's memory.
I inherited a bowl (see photos) when we were clearing my parents' home several years ago. It was a gift to my mother from one of her sisters.
Now the bowl is part of my daily life. I use it all the time. I know it would be much safer stored away or left on the shelf unused. But then it wouldn't provide the joy and meaning I get from using it.
Anyway, I've come to terms with knowing that things are breakable. Plus, if anything unfortunate should happen to the bowl I now have photos as souvenirs.
Here are other inherited items of sentimental value and how I put them to work and make them young again.
Read about how to cherish common household objects here.
Above: My mother's china tea pot is for more than just serving tea.
Above: I gave these egg cups I painted to my parents years ago. Now they're mine and do double duty.
Above: Made more than 30 years ago from squares my grandmother knit and my sister crocheted together, this old blanket provides comfort to feline family members.