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    In every family, someone ends up with “the stuff.” It is the goal of The Family Curator to inspire, enlighten, and encourage other family curators in their efforts to preserve and share their own family treasures.

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    Making "Order Out of Chaos" on Treasure Chest Thursday


    Are you trying to manage family keepsakes scattered througout your home? How can you make sure your family treasures aren't thrown out with the trash?

    Beth asks in the Family Curator Forum, "I have collected things over the years from various people and generally it was an item at a time. In addition, I have become the keeper of the stuff for both my family and my husband's family, and I love the stuff, but it's taking over my life and home!... Do you have any ideas on how to roundup the treasures and contain them?"

    She's right! These heirlooms tend to become mixed in with our own belongings, and their significance can easily become lost.

    Long before I inherited the contents of my Grandmother Arline's trunk, I received individual items that she enjoyed and treasured -- a bone china salt and pepper set, a handpainted dish, the head and shoulders of a porcelain doll. Over the years, they were mixed in with my own stuff, and more recently were joined by things from my mom's and aunt's homes. Is it better to keep things together by owner, or mix them in with your own things? 

    How do you organize, preserve, and document individual keepsakes stored or displayed throughout your house?

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