There are things in life that you collect. These are important things to you and have memories or symbolism associated with them. Collecting these sorts of items is natural and can be an especially powerful reminder of times gone by.
If you are prone to collecting special things, think small. It is far better to have a small rock that looks like a heart than a giant log that happens to have initials carved into it (Shame on you for hurting a tree!) You might be lucky enough to receive collectibles on special occasions. Music boxes or sports memorabilia might be part of your collection. In this case, you canít necessarily think small, but you can be a bit selective. If all of your friends know how much you love giraffes, enjoy receiving them as gifts at your birthday party, but consider donating some of them as toys to those in need and keeping just the ones that seem really fun or special.
Use Your Special Things
Given the choice between your special things collecting dust or getting a bit of use, most would elect to have their pictures, ticket stubs and collectibles doing something for them. The best way for most special items to be used is in a scrapbook. Save your favorite notes and song lyrics. Print out the best pictures and save the bills from the plays youíre a part of. Put it all in a large scrapbook over the summer to represent one year of your life in school. You can continue the trend as you grow older, although you might opt to organize the books differently based on trips, activities, or the passing of time.
The other popular way to use special things is in a display of some kind. Putting together a display shelf can be as simple as buying a kit for less than $20 and hanging it on the wall. If you are truly handy or have a parent who is, create a shelf running along all walls of your room to display your china doll collection or giraffes. A shelf running about two feet under your ceiling is a nice way to display any sort of large collection, such as stuffed animals or dolls. Smaller items can be easily displayed on a series of shelves put over your dresser or bed.
Take Notes on Special Things
You might hang on to a leaf from a camping trip that was so meaningful only to look back and forget completely what made it so special. When you put the items into a scrapbook or a box to be stored, include a small note about the experience. A few words will bring the memory back in most cases. Likewise, when you are placing pictures in a book or box, be sure to label the back of the picture with the date and the people in the picture. Itís more likely than not that you will forget the details over time but hang on to the impression of the memory.