Ticket stubs from films which I watched 3 years ago, their edges a little torn and the time and seat number written across the front, slightly faded. Old photos with a glowing finger covering the top left hand corner of the image, obscuring half a face from view. An old, empty popcorn bag from our first date to the cinema. Photo booth strips which didn't really turn out so well, our faces stuck in half confusion from when the camera flash went off earlier than when we were expecting. A china doll which my parents bought me, decapitated, her head and body lying a couple of inches away from each other. These, along with many other half-forgotten memories, are the items which fill boxes under my bed and are stashed into bags in the corner of my wardrobe. The things I can't bring myself to throw away. The proof of my sentimentality.

Maybe you'd call it hoarding, but I think really, I just have never been able to get rid of things which have any meaning attached to them. I have to force myself to throw away gift tags which are given to me attached to presents, even the ones with just my name scrawled across them. I keep birthday cards from every single year, stashed in the draws of my desk. I once bought a book from a charity shop which had the front page ripped out. As I neared the back of the book, I discovered that the missing page had been tucked into the back and was scrawled all over with words which didn't fit together. I couldn't bring myself to throw away the page. Although the words meant nothing to me, they must have meant something to someone.

I don't know why I like to keep things with meaning attached to them, I just do. They make me feel better knowing that they're there. It's why I find it too hard to delete photos on my phone, even if they're blurry ones, and why I keep all of the photos which I take on my polaroid, even if they come out too dark or too overexposed. These things are reminders of a moment in time when I felt happy! Or felt alive! Or felt sad or uneasy or confused or unreal. Whatever I was feeling, I was feeling something. And that, to me, is worth remembering.

This is also why I love to take photos of absolutely everything. Because one day, maybe I won't be out there doing all of the fun things which I get to do now, and I'm going to need something to look back on to help me to keep the memories alive. My bedroom walls are lined with photos from my childhood, polaroids from my days at uni and reels of disposables from festivals and long forgotten summer days. Having these photos of the places and people that I love surrounding myself make me feel infinitely better.

I also recently ordered some photos from Printiki, a photo service who allow you to print your photos with a polaroid look. It's meant that I've found it way easier to have all of my favourite memories lining my walls and desk! These photos are slotted in between cinema stubs and tickets from travels, and all of them together help me to remember times when I felt at my absolute happiest.

So yes, I'm a sentimental person. And no, I don't have any space left under my bed for the next things that I'll want to stash there. But I feel glad to have so far lived a life full of so much love that I have all of these little reminders to keep.

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  1. I have a box of very similar things too! These are the invaluable things, like the birthday cards from my great grandparents, tickets from gigs I went to with my girlfriends at school, memories from things I've done with my boyfriend. I'm exactly the same as you, I cannot bear to throw them away!

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  2. I love this idea. I have boxes of sentimental items...maps from trips, ticket stubs, plane tickets, letters from students, and I also keep cards given to me! It's important to keep items that make you feel whole. I'm a firm believer! Lovely post :)


  3. I am the same way! I have a box full of photos and gift tags and notes myself. At least your storing methods look gorgeous. Proof of feeling. Love that & love your writing.

    xx Megan

  4. This post is so raw and beautiful, I truly feel blessed to have found your blog! I have so many birthday cards that I can't throw away, and cinema tickets, receipts, photographs and reminders of moments where things were positive. I feel so happy to have found someone that is the same as me, and I feel really attached to your words if that makes sense, like when you said that feeling something is still worth remembering. In my life I have learned to be thankful for times that made me feel sad and anxious or frustrated, because in that moment I was alive and present and in a moment that has carried me to where I am today. I could write about my love for this post for so long, but I'll end it here! I look forward to reading more of your posts this year!
    All my love, Casey from http://casestreetx.blogspot.co.uk Xx

  5. This couldn't have come at a more fitting time for me - i have my primary teaching interviews this week and decided to visit my old school website on a whim.

    For various reasons, i have rather negative memories of my time at school (mostly the academic pressures of senior school), but reading about my old junior school was the most THERAPUTIC experience! It reminded me of all the reasons i loved my time in primary education, so when i go home tomorrow i'm going to find my 'treasure' box and some memories.

    My sister and i both have a treasure box and my mum and dad have them too! It has old cards i made, letters to santa, i even kept all my frosties swimming badges! Little things from your past can be emotional to see, with memories of more difficult times/losses, but they're all part of what made us who we are.

    This was one of my favourite reads in a long time and i am so grateful to have found your blog. Thank you xxx

    Bumble and Be