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Would you like to have one spot in your home for special treasures? Would you like to be greeted every morning with happy memories? Do you like easy DIY solutions? Read on, my organizing friends!

One wall in my bedroom is lined with six 72”x 11” plain shelves that I purchased at a local hardware store. The shelves are approximately 12” apart and are held up with standard shelf brackets.  The shelves fill up the wall right beside my bed from floor to ceiling.

The shelves are an eclectic assortment of books, photographs, memory boxes, and other special treasures. They are all things that bring happy memories to me. That’s why I like seeing them every morning as I wake up. They are out of the way of my daily activities, yet part of my daily life. The items don’t take up valuable space because otherwise it would be just an empty wall. But it is a daily reminder of the things that are important to me.


One special treasure is a little blue bowl that I used for chicken noodle soup when I was a child. My mother told me that it came in a box of Quaker Oats. Maybe that’s why I still like canned chicken noodle soup and oatmeal! Other items on the shelves include a yellow Fiesta pitcher and an October girl figurine which belonged to my grandmother, for whom I am named. I have a special spot for the carousel snow globe my mother always liked, as well as the tissue paper covered jar one of my daughters made. I also display a fancy jar with shiny pennies for my grandchildren and a jar of rocks collected by my children from family vacations. Another memento is a glass from my collage days with dried flowers from some special occasion. Mingled among these treasures are favorite photos of family and friends.  Together they all bring a smile to my heart!


I also have several decorated storage boxes for keeping cards and letters. They also serve as book ends. Although I love to send and keep cards, I realize that I can’t keep them all!  Another special box holds my collection of travel patches. The boxes naturally create a reasonable limit, as well as adding a touch of beauty to the shelves.


Maximizing this vertical space has given me the opportunity to create my own little happy corner! What special treasures need a special spot in your bedroom? Let me know in the comments below!

Olive Wagar

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  • Jill Annis says:

    Olive, this is a fantastic use of space. Who knew an empty wall could hold so many special treasures? I love the fact that you see them every day instead of having them hidden in a box. Thank you for sharing your wall!

  • What a fun way to keep all your treasures on display (instead of in a box in the closet, like many of mine)!

    • Olive says:

      Yes, Janet, I agree! I wouldn’t consider myself a decorator, but it truly delighted my heart to select and arrange the books & items. They are my treasures! Maybe you can find a spot for a few shelves, too!

  • Mev says:

    Fun seeing and reading about your special place. :^) I just recently reorganized the framed pictures in our house, replacing some older ones with newer ones and just adding to what I had with more pictures of babies and grandparents, etc. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and it feels so good to have it done. I’m really enjoying the result. Your right that it is wonderful to have special places for special memories!

  • Olive says:

    Yahoo for you, Mev! Did you notice that one of my treasures was a picture of you, Bethany, Lisa, & Bethany? Such a great memory!! I have also seen rooms that have just one or two shelves about 12 inches from the ceiling for special treasures, but it was fun to use the entire wall. Give extra hugs to your sweetie pie children!! The cards they send me are treasures, too.

  • Seana Turner says:

    Wow – that is an incredible amount of storage. What a neat and satisfying project. I like how you’v mixed containers with objects so it looks like collections. Fun sight to wake up to:)

  • Keeping all of your “treasured” memories close by and easily visible is a wonderful idea. I love how you carefully placed everything with such care and purpose.

    • Olive says:

      Thanks, Linda! I did carefully choose what I put on the shelves. I made a special effort to choose the very best of memories!! I have kept some of the items for over 50 years! And considering that I have moved several times, it is amazing that I still have them. 🙂

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