The idea of keeping memory fragments in a box may seem cheesy and silly at first, but trust me, it’s very easy, really fun and worth it, at least in the long run. This is what I will talk about.
In this article, I’m going to discuss seven reasons why you need to have a keepsake, or as I like to call it, a “memory” box.
But first, what is a memory box? 🗂️
Basically, a memory box is a box where you keep certain things inside, it doesn’t even have to be a really fancy and cute box really, as long as it can store things and is fairly durable, it is good enough.
Trust me, mine’s not really that cute at all, you’ll understand what I mean later.
Why keep one? 🤷♀️
Why? Because it’s extremely easy to do (even a little kid can do it) and lots of fun! Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Without further ado, let’s proceed to why you should start a memory box right now. Let’s go!
Reason 1: It’s REALLY easy to do 👍
By that, I really mean it. It’s really, really easy to do. You don’t really need to be very creative, though an artistic touch would be very nice also.
There are no rules in making a memory box because basically it’s yours and nobody has the right to tell you how to do it.
Like me, I am a person who has a fairly short patience gauge (uh-oh), and I am also the type to rush things as much as possible, so you know what I did?
I just freaking used this transparent-ish box with these two snap-type locks on the side and basically just shoved my“memory” things in there. Haha! Feel free to make fun of me.
My point is, you don’t really have to have a specific type of box or put much effort into making it look nice if you don’t want to, the really important things are the stuff and memories you will keep inside it.
Reason 2: It’s a really nice DIY project for the creative types 🎨
If the above is not true for you, and you prefer your box to have an artistic or personal touch, that is also okay, better,even.
Even though I am not a member of the Creative People Club and I don’t take the time to infuse stylishness into my box, I still do admire people who do have the patience and do wow-worthy designs.
If you are lucky enough to be part of the club I just made up in my head and want some inspirations, I highly encourage you to just search “memory box” or “keepsake box” on Pinterest.
I’ve seen beautiful creations by talented people that you can check out there. Also, I compiled designs that I like on a personal board, and you can check them out below:
Memory Box Ideas Board (opens in a new tab)
Reason 3: It’s a great way to pass time ⏰
Whenever you get bored, let’s say suddenly the WiFi is down, and you have nothing else to do because let’s admit, most of our generation is mostly on their gadgets and dependent on it for entertainment (including me).
Going through your memory box and reminiscing past memories is one delightful way to pass time (til’ the WiFi is back).
You could go through your current collection one by one and start to reminisce and remember the memories tied with it.
Like, for example, you kept a regular pen in there. But no, it’s not just a regular pen, your high school crush actually gave it to you and now you’re laughing by yourself (please make sure no one is around to see you).
Reason 4: It can be an interesting way to bond with friends and family 🏠
If you are comfortable enough to share the things you kept inside your memory box, going through it and sharing the story behind each object can be a really interesting and fun way to bond with family and friends.
That is, if nothing in there is only meant to be seen by folks 18 years and older (you get what I mean, there’s a possibility that you kept an object way too “intimate” in your box).
So if ever there is such a thing in your box, I recommend you temporarily remove it and just return it afterward, if you wanna spare yourself from a very embarrassing incident.
Reason 5: It infuses a little more “quirkiness” in you 🌈
Do you remember those slam books way back then? The ones where you write your personal information and then there are these fun questions to answer like:
“What is your crush’s first name?“
I get the point of asking just the first name of the crush because there might be a possibility for many or several people to have the same first name.
But what if your crush has a very unique first name? For sure your friends would know instantly who you’re referring to and that beats that sense of it.
It’s hilarious because, during that time, questions like that were already considered to be controversial, when now that we look back at it now, it’s not that scandalous now that we are older.
One of the questions that are always asked in slam books are your hobbies, and if you do decide to start collecting keepsakes, that could now be added to your lists of hobbies.
Not to mention it is a very low-maintenance hobby. It also adds a pinch of quirkiness in your personality. “Quirkiness attribute level up!” (I think I need to play video games less often).
Reason 6: It allows you to relive and remember memories from the past ⏪
When people collect things, specifically mementos, the purpose mostly, is emotional. We keep that specific object so that we can relive the memories tied with it again in the future.
For instance, when you were little, your beloved grandmother gave you this lovely music box on your 7th birthday.
Now, I don’t intend this article to be dark, but let’s just say now that some years have passed, she is now happy and peaceful up there.
All of a sudden, you missed your dear grandma, and now that many years have gone, you have forgotten most of your memories with her.
Why? Because these annoying complex mathematical equations that you memorized in school have overwritten your “grandma memories”.
Yes, I have this love-hate relationship with math, because I just plain suck at it.
And now you try really hard to remember your memories with her, but nothing seems to be working, then suddenly, you remembered this music box she gave you on your birthday.
You rushed to your memory box to get it, and suddenly, your memories of that day all came back to you.
The delicious food you ate, your grandma playing with you on the playground, the fact that she always wiped your back when you’re all sweaty.
All precious memories of that day are now coming back to you, all thanks to the keepsake she gave you.
Reason 7: It teaches you important life values 📚
Appreciating the small things 🤏
I think this is one of the greatest things keeping a memory box can teach you, being more appreciative of the small things.
What used to be just “normal” objects now seems to have value now that memories are tied to them. This hobby helps you exercise seeing the values even in the little things.
Helps you be more disciplined 🧘
How? Because especially when you are just starting to fill in your box, of course, you are eager to fill it with stuff.
Every single thing also seems like it is memory box worthy, and I also was not yet sure what to keep then.
It’s like I want to preserve every single memory but I can’t do that because my memory box will be full way too fast(unless the box is like, very big, which is highly unlikely).
So, you learn to choose only the most precious of your memories and then keep them. Even if you want to just preserve them all.
Teaches you to let go 👋
The sad part of keeping memorabilia is that for sure, time will come when you will need to make space for new memories, and that leaves you no choice but to let go of some things.
If you have a very, very big box, lucky you, but for most of us, we might prefer a small or regular sized box to save space and for easy relocation.
So if the box, unfortunately, gets full, the sad reality of needing to let go sets in. You now have to choose some cherished items to bid farewell, even if it is hard to do.
One tip I’ve read somewhere that helps you let go of things easier, is to say goodbye to them, literally. If you are the type of person that finds it hard to let go of things, this might help you.
Simply “talk” to your things, thank them, and then finally say goodbye to them. You can do this inside your head if you don’t want people to think you’ve gone nuts.
I highly suggest you start keeping a memory box as soon as possible. It’s very easy, requires almost zero effort (if you want a simple box, that is).
It may seem like a childish thing to do, but trust me, you’ll love it. If not now, in the long run.
Have I encouraged you to start keeping your own memory box? Or perhaps, you already keep one? Share us one of your favorite things you keep (or would keep) in your box, and the story behind it. Feel free to comment down below.