Creating heirloom memories is fun and easy but it does take some pre-planning.
I love helping people re-purpose things to create items and share memories of loved ones.
We can be such a disposable, throw away society so the next time you are cleaning out your children’s clothes to make room for new ones – think about saving a special outfit or T-shirts.
When you are downsizing your home or your parents look at everything not as old but as a new possibility. Are there shirts, sweaters, finished or unfinished craft items that can be re-purposed into keepsakes for new baby gifts, father or mother day gifts, Christmas or birthday gifts?
Shirts can be made into pillows, quilts, picture; sweaters into mittens, pillow covers or golf club covers; cup and saucers can become bird baths or bird feeders and tea pots out in the garden can be homes for birds and butterflies – the ideas are endless and all are possible.
Why hold onto a keepsake and keep it in a box stored hidden away. The easiest way to downsize and become more efficient is either display or use the item – my motto is ‘if I can’t see it or use it then it goes’ I refuse to store things in boxes just to have them. I recognize there are seasonal items that require storage but to reduce and declutter overall requires a strong will and looking at being able to re-purpose special keepsakes can make the task easier.