It is difficult to know what to do with sentimental objects you have inherited.
For many years my answer was to hide them away in a box and promise myself to deal with it later.
Eventually “later” came and I wished I would have dealt with it properly the first time.
(Feelings of frustration & guilt are lessened if followed by chocolate. The trick is finding the right chocolate to guilt ratio.)
That being said, the best way to deal with emotions attached to inherited items is to make a decision right away based on the sentimental value you place on them.
Marlene Cox, who runs the company her father founded, DBC Contractors Ltd, brought in several belt buckles that were made to commemorate important company milestones over the years.
Having stored these away for many years, Marlene was now feeling frustrated:
“I have no idea what else to do with these belt buckles. I can’t throw them away and I’ll never wear them.”
These buckles have become important symbols that represent the history of her father’s company. Marlene wanted that history preserved.
Using the company’s three logo colours we created a perfect “fit in any small space” framed piece.
The frame needed to be deep enough to contain the buckles; about 1 1/2 inches deep. We chose a faux leather finish frame to reflect their rural roots.
The finished piece is now displayed in their office along with other important mementos.
When dealing with inherited items, eat chocolate.
(I still haven’t gotten the chocolate to guilt ratio perfected, so your help with research is greatly appreciated.)
And remember Marlene’s story. If there is great sentimental value, preserve and enjoy it.
What item do you have that you just can’t throw away?
About Karen – A creative business owner who specializes in framing unusual items. When not transforming objects into framed masterpieces for clients, she indulges her sweet tooth with all things dark chocolate and unwinds with a good biography and a cappuccino.