Creating a Family Time Capsule
Remember how you felt after finding that beautiful red sweater you used to wear but thought was lost?
Love the feeling of reminiscing through old photos and remembering days gone by?
Memories – especially fond ones can bring you back to exact moments in time instantly. The trouble is, most of us don’t remember specific events in time unless we have something to jog our memories. Each new year you say to yourself, “Wow, I can’t believe it’s (insert year) already! Where did the time go?” And each year you realize you’re not getting any younger – nor will you ever!
Capture long lost memories each year with a family time capsule. Create a family time capsule at the beginning of each new year and allow yourself an entire year to fill it up. Once it’s filled, set a “reveal date” – 5, 10, 15, even 20 years. Here are some “filler” ideas . ..
First, choose wisely a case for your time capsule. It can’t be so large it’s overwhelming. Small is okay if the items you choose to fill it with are small. Perhaps it’s a box, a plastic tub, even a large envelope. Keep the time capsule out of the way, but in a convenient place so you can come back to it with new items each month at a minimum.
Start a diary or scrapbook. Record events throughout the year with the specific intention of placing this book in the time capsule. Hang on to momentos and keepsakes throughout the year in one handy place.
Record themes. Take note of your diary or scrapbook and label each month – or the whole year in overarching themes that seem to be emerging in life.
Take and collect photos. Take pictures specifically for your time capsule and either print them out, or collect them all on a flash drive expressly for this purpose – sealed until a later date.
Place crafts and gifts handmade by the children in the time capsule.
Take pictures of your home – inside and out – specifically for this reason. You’ll be amazed at how much the landscape changes. You’ll be equally surprised by your choice of home furnishings. How often do you change the easy things in your home – pillows, throws, table tops, prints, wall art?
Do you have a baby or babies at home? Keep one or two clothing items or a favorite toy items for your time capsule. If you don’t keep it, you WILL forget.
Remember fragrance. Spray a few of your items with your favorite perfume of the day. Scent brings back memories like nothing else.
Burn a CD of fave songs.
Books – movies – places. Make a list of books you read, movies you watched, places you visited.
Record family milestones.
The sky is the limit with your family time capsule. Try it out this year and set yourself to open it in 2018 – just 5 full years from “seal date”.
At Connell’s you know we’re all about home furnishings. We live and sell them everyday. But we’re also so much more. We know your home is your castle and we know it’s the one space you make the fondest memories. We want to help you do that. Stop in to one of our two locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark for beautiful home furnishings, exceptional service and excellent value.
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