Coming home from a vacation is always bitter sweet for me. Most of the time I am actually ready to come home. I do worry about my home, my pets, and my plants. I also happen to love sleeping in my own bed. Once I get home and walk in the door I feel awesome for a few hours if I am lucky, then the everyday to day stressors start to creep up on me again. I have to think about my to do list, cleaning house, and of course the laundry. One thing that I always put off and let pile up are all of the little travel brochures, maps and souvenirs we pick up on our trip. Even though I know we can Google just about anything I still love bringing these items home. Here are four ways I store travel memorabilia and souvenirs:
First I gather up all I have collected and sort through the pile. I get rid of anything that I don’t want to display or save. That includes eating all of the candy we brought home! Then I sort the papers into categories such as maps, brochures, memorabilia.
The memorabilia will be displayed in a scrapbook album. I prefer the black leather 12×12 postbound memory book.I used to get the album covers based on the event but then my collection sort of looked too spazzed out. So I went back to basic black.
Next, I put the travel brochures and maps together in a photo storage box. You can buy these online of at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s from $6.99 to $3.99 on sale. I group brochures according to location or trip and simply hold them together with a rubber band. You can label the front of the group with a Post-It note.
If you don’t have a photo box you can use a gallon Ziploc storage bag. This is another way to separate trips within your storage bins. Just make sure to label your bags.
If you have souvenirs that are big and bulky you can use a photo storage box or you can also use a clear storage bin for these items. These can be stacked or placed inside a larger bin for safe-keeping.
My biggest piece of advice is get these items stored right away or they can quickly get disorganized and become clutter.
Do you keep travel memorabilia and souvenirs? Or are you just Googling everything now days?
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