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!