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What to Keep

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Look around your home. You'll see a number of objects and mementos that are or have become collectible or, more importantly, have sentimental value. As part of your family archive project, you'll want to determine what you have and what to keep.

These mementos, along with your family's photographs, documents and other memories, make up your family's story. Start your project by thinking about and making a list of the items you have.

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Mementos Can Include:

  • Jewelry

  • Glassware, dishes and pottery

  • Silver and other metal ware

  • Clothing

  • Musical instruments

  • Artwork

  • Sports-related items

  • Awards

  • Furniture

  • Toys

  • Wood items

  • Collectibles

  • Any materials related to your family heritage that you want to keep safe and sound.

What NOT to keep
Mementos can become overwhelming. There are so many different kinds of objects and they're often spread all over the house. So, it may take some time and thought to evaluate everything and decide what belongs in your family archive. It's okay to work in stages — by room, by era or person or by type of object. To make the process easier, as you look at each item you're considering, ask yourself:

  • Will preserving this item help me reach my family archive goals?

  • Ten years from now, will I wish I still had this item?

  • How many items do I have that are similar to this one?

If you find that you have many similar items, all your children's baby clothes or every award you won in junior high, use the rule of three to narrow down those categories. Instead of keeping every memento from a certain time or special event, pick the best three to preserve.

Helpful Hint: Consider archiving items like clothing that are shown in favorite photos. An outfit someone is wearing or an item someone is holding in a photo is a fun memento to preserve.

How to Organize Your Mementos

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