Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lovely Organization

Oh Valentine’s Day, what a sweet holiday. I am a fan. Call me a romantic sap, but I totally understand when clients hold on to receipts and matchbooks, love letters, cards, and small trinkets that remind them of someone special.

So, I love (pun intended) helping clients figure out how to best store and organize their mementos, while setting some ground rules for what to keep. This week I am sharing those tips with you.

  • Special things deserve special boxes that can be displayed for easy reminiscing. Here are a few of my favorites.

Semikolon document boxes in great colors.

Pandan Boxes for a more natural look.

Anything Pantone is fun.

  • Organize your mementos by year or create boxes for the special people in your life, like your children.

  • Date cards or letters, and write notes and dates on matchbooks and other mementos to make them easy to organize. The notes will also make them more meaningful as the years pass.

  • Tie a pretty ribbon around batches of cards to keep them organized by type: Valentine’s Day, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, or even by sender.

  • Set aside a specific place in your home, whether a shelf or a drawer to store these items. Once the bin that fits in that space is full, it’s time to review and purge. You shouldn’t keep everything you receive, only a few of the most meaningful things each year. 

How do you organize the meaningful mementos you save? I’d love to hear from you about your organizing strategies.


  1. You're right--special things deserve special boxes. I love the Pantone container. Didn't know they made those. Great ideas for storing those 'lovely' and sweet mementos.

  2. Thanks so much for checking out the blog post. I thought the Pantone containers were fun. There are so many great options!