Take time to enjoy your treasures

Just imagine having your whole house—and even your garage—all clean and organized at the same time!
Well, this summer, I’ve almost achieved this goal with the help of Sheralynn and Kelly.
Last week, Sheralynn helped me go through our storage areas while Kelly helped me clean and organize my kitchen.
After going to our tornado shelter, which is our storage area, Sheralynn said, “It looks pretty organized to me!”
I took that as a compliment, and I was pleased. But there still was a problem. Much of that organization had not been disturbed for years–or even decades!
One example was our income tax reports. From the 1960s to the 1990s, we have one small envelope per year–all neatly labelled in boxes.
But from 1997 to 2011, each year has a whole box stuffed with documents.
Since a person only is required to save all documents for five years, that means we have 10 years’ worth of paper to shred, including the disposal of thousands of staples and paper clips.
Sheralynn and I are still shredding!
Kelly and I, on the other hand, went through the only kitchen cupboard that hadn’t been organized and cleaned for years: my treasure cupboard.
We began with my bone china cup and saucer collection—a collection that was once used every time we had guests! We put many of the cups in a tall cupboard, and kept 12 or 15 of the special ones on a lower shelf.
As Kelly put the cups away, I told her their stories. There is a cup from Ed and Emma, and one from Lowell and Rae from Canada days. And a gorgeous gold-covered cup that came from my husband’s Aunt Minerva–a career woman before her time.
One especially-beautiful cup was a wedding gift from my friend, Jimmy.
Jimmy was four years old when I lived at his house while teaching in Canada, and he was only eight when I got married.
This cup is important to me because it is a remembrance of a special little boy who died in an auto accident at age 19.
And there was a 100-year-old glass cup from my Grandma Gingerich. Then, from the same era, a gorgeous pair of salt and pepper shakers from Grandma Moser.
One beautiful thing was a delicate champagne glass with a cobalt blue bowl my daughter brought from Poland. And from my husband’s family a seven-inch collie dog–so real looking that I want to hug him.
The most important thing to me was a four-inch percolator from my childhood that really perks coffee.
The list goes on. And Kelly was a wonderful listener!
What about your treasures? Where do you store them? Have you looked at them recently?
Have you put them on your coffee table or on a bookshelf?
And most important of all, have you told their stories to your friends, and to your children and grandchildren?
Remember, your treasures hold the stories of your life! It’s good for you to reminisce and fun to share your life.
So why not go through some treasures today. Put some interesting things out when family and friends come to visit, and you’ll be surprised at the fun you’ll have!
Write Marie Snider at thisside60@aol.com