2017 is whirling past in a flurry and before we know it it’ll be summer again! This summer will mark our 12th year together in marriage and our 15th!!!! year together as a couple!
I seriously cannot even process that. We started dating when I had just barely turned 17, so that means in two short years we’ll have been together as long as I was alive before we met. :O It just boggles the mind!
In case you’ve never gotten to before, you can read our entire Love Story here. After our wedding, we spent 3 fun days in Jackson Hole, WY on our honeymoon. I also like to say that really, we got to have several years worth of honeymoon, as we spent our newlywed years playing around in Washington DC, the next years on the beaches of North Carolina, and then our last jaunt with the Coast Guard in Boston.
If you’ve been a reader for long at all, you’ll know I’m a proponent of having things that fill you with joy, and hold a special meaning and purpose. One of my favorite things in life are experiences with those I love. Because of this I also love memories and anything that triggers them. If you look through our house instead of any kind of “in trend” decor you’ll find things like this wall full of Coast Guard photos, art, and mementos, along with posters made from photos we’ve taken of our favorite places.
Two of my favorites in the “things I love and fill me with joy” category are earrings, and as an adult, I still love my rock collection. Recently I was told about a company that combines all of my favorite things, so of course I was immediately in love.
Dune Jewelry is handmade with sand from your location of choice! They have a huuuuge list of popular beaches, and I noticed places we’ve been like beaches in Massachusetts and North Carolina on the list. It doesn’t stop at sea beaches, though, as they have sand from several national parks as well! They also have several different jewelry options like necklaces and bracelets, plus even things for the guys like cuff links and tie pins!
When I saw the sand from Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming, and these gorgeous drop earrings, though, the choice for me was clear!
These earrings are as gorgeous as they are unique! Now I have a little piece of home to wear, along with something that will give me amazing memories of home, favorite vacations, and my honeymoon every time I look at it! These are exactly the kinds of things I love because they combine experiences with things that bring me joy, not to mention being both small (no clutter!) and beautiful. They’re definitely making my Clutter-Free Gift Ideas list and are exactly what I was talking about when I recently shared how to purchase perfect presents in my Galentine’s Day post!
So here’s a quick checklist (you know how I love my checklists!) of ways you can start to collect memories, not things, and make sure your home is filled with things you love, cherish, and that bring happy memories!
How To Collect Memories, Not Things, and Love Your Living Space
- For any gift-receiving occasions, ask for either an experience, something consumable, or a specialized and unique gift of something you love or that will remind you of a favorite memory-like Earrings or a Necklace with sand from your favorite beach. Even in the middle of December, you’ll have a little slice of happiness to help you smile! Need help with ideas? Here are 5 Zero Clutter Gift Ideas that are amazing for both kids and adults. Another idea? Purchasing one of these Dune Jewelry pieces as a way to announce a special, surprise vacation gift! How amazing would that be?!
- Take the Flylady method and go through your home just a little bit at a time. Each day set a timer for 15 minutes and go through a room. Ask yourself if everything in it is used, loved, and makes you feel happy inside when you look at it? Are you keeping anything out of guilt or obligation? If so, give your permission to “let it go” and either re-gift to someone you know will LOVE it, or give it away to a thrift store where it can find a home to be cherished in.
- Once your space is cleared of all the “guilt” objects that you “should keep” re-fill it up little bit by little bit with items that trigger smiles and memories! Don’t feel forced to follow trends. Instead, go with what you love. If rocks make you happy, then decorate with rocks! Choose art & photos that move you, or that you took! Never purchase or put anything up “just to fill a space”. Wait for the perfect item that will always bring the space joy!
Do you collect memories, not things? Do you love your living space? Where did you go on your honeymoon? Let’s chat! Leave me a comment or let me know on Social Media!