| Written by Ronnie |
Space is one of those underrated prerequisites when it comes memory keeping. I wholeheartedly believe that if you want your memory keeping to flourish, then you need to create space.
Create space in your home. An area to call your own. A space for you to think, to plan, to contemplate, to remember, to gather your thoughts, to scribble down snippets. It could be a chair under a window that overlooks the garden. Or a small desk at the end of the corridor. Or an armchair in an unused corner of the living room. Or perhaps you could switch your beside drawers for a table and stool. Or even that cupboard under the stairs could be converted with some thought and creativity; all you need is a lamp and a desk, and you have yourself a writing sanctuary.
Create space on your desk. Make room for yourself to write, to type, to edit, to make albums, to stick, to trim, to draw, to finish off projects. Purge the clutter. And keep it that way. Create space, so that you can be free from distraction while you work, allowing you to engage wholeheartedly with the memory keeping at hand.
Create space on your shelves. Make room for your current albums as well as your future albums and photo books. Think long-term. If you've worked out the memory keeping that you wish to do for yourself and your family, then how much space will you need in three years' time? In five years' time? In ten year's time? Yes, make room for your memories now so that space itself doesn't become a barrier to your memory keeping endeavours. After all, your beautiful albums and books deserve a proper place on your shelf, do they not?
Create space on your computer. Just as you need room on your shelves, you also need space on your computer. Having ample space on your machine means that you can import your photos with ease and organise all the digital files for your layouts, photo books, and life albums to your heart's content. If you find yourself running out of space, consider archiving your older files to an external hard drive and giving your machine a good spring-clean to reclaim precious space on your computer.
Create space in your everyday schedule. Memory keeping will not happen unless you intend for it to happen. There will always be other 'more important' things to attend to. So prioritise it. Make time for it. Schedule in a block of time every day, or every week - whatever is feasible for you. Turn your memory keeping into a habit, and creating space in your everyday schedule is a wonderful first step.
Create space in your mind. When it is time for you to journal, to write, to edit, to choose your photos, to design your layouts... clear everything else from your mind. Ignore the rest of your to do list. Avoid Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and other online distractions. Instead, focus on the task at hand. Engage with it. Relish it. Celebrate the fact that you are doing something that's important to you and your family.
So friends, let me ask you today: Have you created enough space in your life to allow your memory keeping to flourish?
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