I admit it. I have a problem: I’m a hoarder. I like to keep anything and everything I get my hands on. I’m sentimental – be it a plane ticket stub from a dreamy holiday or a perfectly shaped stone that reminds me of a walk on a beautiful spring day, I will keep it. And I seem to have married someone who is exactly the same. The result being that our house is full of things we just can’t bring ourselves to throw away but don’t quite have a place. The solution: the annual memory jar.
A way of storing all those little bits and pieces you pick up over the year. For the last couple of years, we have labelled up a jar and over the year filled it with the bits and pieces that we want to keep to remember the year – ticket stubs, notes, shells, restaurant cards, champagne corks, sand from holiday, little notes and pretty much anything else that will fit into the jar. And then on New Year’s Eve we open up the jar and look through all the items we put in it over the year – it’s a lovely way of recalling all that we got up to and serves as a reminder of how lucky we are. It would also be a great idea for a first wedding anniversary present – fill the jar with lots of paper items from your first year of marriage and give it as a present on your first anniversary. For our jars we use large mason jars from ikea but any large jar would work. You could use a box too but I like the idea of being able to catch a glimpse of what’s inside and see the jar filling up over the year. I use this amazing stuff called magic decal paper (more on that on a post coming up later in the year) to put the year on the jar and also sometimes (at the end of the year) we put a quote on the back of the jar – something that evokes a sense of what has happened that year. For example, the 2014 jar has some lyrics from our first dance as that’s the year we got married. A list of some of your big achievements for the year or places you’ve been would work well too. You don’t have to use the fancy magic decal paper (although it is amazing!) and could use a simple luggage tag to label them up or a glass pen. I hope you like the idea and think about how you might store all the memories you will make this year. I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year xxxx
“Treasure the tears, treasure the laughter, but most importantly, treasure the memories” ~ Dave Brenner