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The best way to remember anything is to document it. Whether it’s with a photograph or in a journal, recording events and experiences help us step back and look at our lives retrospectively. It pinpoints a time, a place, a feeling that strengthens the synapse between the nerve cells associated with the memory.
The more visual, textile and emotional the clue our brain links to a memory, the more vivid and clear the memory becomes in our minds. As we continue to live and work in “real time”, the need for reflection is ever present. It gives us a sense of nostalgia, a comforting emotion that connects us to time. So place your family photos where you can see them and take a look at these five great ways to fill your homes with memories.
Track Your Growth
It’s easy to miss the day by day growth in life. So grab a ruler, a pen and mark the kitchen wall with your incremental growth. You can also keep your camera handy and vow to take a photo a day for the 365 photo challenge. This slow and steady progression of life may not seem like much, but you’ll be amazed by the evolution over time.
Plant A Tree
Having grown up with “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, planting a tree is a way to build roots with your family. You can honor a passed family member and create a place for young ones to play. Make it a spot where you can reminisce.
Leave Your Mark
Leave your signature for future generations. Making an impression of your handprints or etching your name into wood is a way to mark your presence. Maybe it’s an homage to your first sweetheart or a tribute to generations past.
Display Your Travels
Recount past trips by exhibiting your train tickets and metro cards and tokens. We love this great DIY by DesignSponge on turning your souvenirs into art. It’s sure to bring up fond memories.
Pass down family treasures from generation to generation. If you don’t have any, create some. History is full of quilting bees and cedar trunks. If you’re not feeling a blanket made of baby clothes, why not recover a favorite chair with your grandfather’s fatigues or a pillow made from your threadbare college t-shirts. We also like this neat heirloom project by Nikki George Ferguson. Display a beloved memento and record its significance.