I was chatting with a friend on the phone this morning about random things and she suggested an idea for a book. She has been confined to her bedroom pretty much for the past week or so after a surgery so has had lots of time to think. She said she was looking about her room at the various things she has display on the wall, on shelves and on her dresser. It occurred to her just how each item had some memory attached to it.
"Wouldn't it be a great idea to take a tour of your house and write down the story behind the items that have some special meaning for you? How did you acquire it? What is the story," she asked, "that is attached to it?"
I told her it was a great idea and she should pursue it. She said she no writing ability, but that it would be a great idea for someone with writing talent to something like that. Although I truly believe anyone as the ability to write if they just find their voice and tell their story, I agreed it was something that would be rather interesting.
I actually had this same idea a while back. There are so many things with so many stories attached to them in my house that I am sure I could fill a book. Or a blog. Or whatever. So I think I will see about doing just that. I am creating a new page for this site called "With Memories Attached". On it I think I will blog about the things I have kept and display in my house. I know they are really just things, but they have memories attached for me that bring me joy* when I look at them. I think it will be an interesting journey. I'll let you know when I begin to post to it.
*"First, put your hands on everything you own, ask yourself if it sparks joy, and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it. Second, once only your most joy-giving belongings remain, put every item in a place where it’s visible, accessible, and easy to grab and then put back."
---Marie Kondo in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.