Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s save mementos and memorabilia – especially if they are Mother’s Day gifts from our children. As a former professional organizer, I know that saving every note and drawing this isn’t advisable, but come on! How can you throw away something that represents time your child spent on YOU?
Well actually you don’t really have to throw them all away but you should seek ways to honor your favorites. If it’s been ages, like years since you looked at them, are they really being treasured? Sometimes throwing them away may feel like we’re throwing away a piece of that relationship. But can you truly say that it’s honoring to keep these things tucked away, never to be looked at again?
When I look at a handwritten note or drawing from my children, they are lovely reminders of time they spent thinking about me. As the mother of three grown children, they are a kind of report card of my success as their mom. So when a memento from your kiddos is a pleasant reminder of your relationship or it represents a significant moment in your past, then by all means save it. Those random non-emotional items, can be discarded (guilt-free) to make room for the treasures. But I must encourage you to honor them.
How you ask? By putting your favorites and in a place of honor. There are lots of ideas. You can frame them, put them in a decorative box or create an artwork album. For more ideas on memorabilia, check out our Pinterest page or blog post Giving Memorabilia for the Holidays.
And when it comes to mementos, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! One of my “treasures” from my youngest (then teenage) son is a Mother’s Day card – all in Spanish. While he was in a silly mood and thought it would be cute to confuse this non-Spanish speaking momma, he also carefully translated each word so I would also know how much he loves and appreciates me!
So the next time you pour over treasures from your offspring, don’t forget to send a note to your own momma! And if she’s a saver like you, consider gifting her your time to help her create a special way to honor her treasures!
If this idea sounds appealing to you but you need some creative guidance, we love helping our clients with just this kind of project. Send me an email to schedule a free 30 minute consultation. Together we can brainstorm ideas to create a treasured gift for you or your momma!
Now go write that note to your mother!