I have a thing for old pictures. Especially old pictures involving family. Maybe it’s that need to feel connected to those family roots. Or the curiosity of what it was like to live in a totally different time. Whatever it is, it makes me want to have pictures from my family’s history in my house surrounding me with memories.
Keep What Makes You Happy
In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (an amazing book by the way) the author talks about how important it is to surround yourself with things that make you feel happy. I’ve really tried to do that in my own home lately, and I have to say… there is definitely some truth to it. Surrounding yourself with things that make you happy, just make for a better overall day. You spend more of your life looking at happy things, than things that give you neutral or unhappy feelings.
Pictures of my family make me happy. That’s why I bought myself an old window, almost like a window to the past, and got to work.
I bought the window from an antique store close by. They routinely have a large stock of old windows and doors, and I knew that there had to be some way that I could put one to use. Around the same time, Bryan’s grandmother passed away. We inherited a box of her old photos. Looking through the photos was like going through a time capsule. It made us wish that I had seen some of the photos earlier so that we could ask more questions. But it also made me want to find a way to display some of our combined family’s photos. I love photo books, but it’s also nice to see a few of our favorite photos every day.
When I brought the window home, the hardest part was picking just a few photos to display from the hundreds of photos from each of our families. After picking a few, I organized them and used small pieces of invisible tape to tape them to the frame. I was careful to tape them on just from the back of each photo because some of the photos are the originals. I wanted to be able to switch them out easily and keep them in good condition.
Into the Past
Now we have a window to the past, with some of our favorite family photos. And, it’s not the quality of the photos that matter, it’s the people in them that make them important to us. It makes me happy each time I walk by it, and that’s what matters most.
How do you save your old family photos? Do you use a photo-book with sleeves, a photo-book from somewhere like Snapfish, online photos, or another way of saving them? I’d love to hear your ideas!