Instead of another mug or t-shirt, what can you create from your tip? A cookbook with recipes from your favorite dishes or cuisine from the area you visited? Can you create a calendar with pictures from your trip? Or a really cool movie? Macs come with iMovie that’s pretty easy to learn. If not, there is a 10-year-old out there who has created a video on youtube to teach you!
There are lots of companies out there that can create a memory book with pictures and copy. We did one for our honeymoon. It’s on our coffee table and people really enjoy sifting through it.
I had a friend who had a big map in her garage and had push pins with all the countries she visited. You could also add a photo or two near the country or city,
When I graduated from college, I traveled cross country. My father gave me stamped postcards to address to myself to chronicle my trip. It was a great way to remember. You could also carry a travel journal to record all your thoughts. If you are more techno-savvy and want to give real-time updates, you could do a blog or vlog with video.
You could create a small keepsake box with different items: your itinerary, ticket stubs, etc.
I am also a fan of consumables. Things like soap or bubble bath or pasta remind me of my trip, I get to relieve it a bit and they make fun stocking stuffers!
Have fun and get creative!
If you are going to buy souvenirs, ask yourself if the person would really like and then ask yourself again. I am a fan of buying street art because it supports a local artist, is an artistic rendering of the place I am visiting and is something most people will appreciate. I am not a fan of t-shirts (unless someone will wear all the time) or snow globes unless they are collectibles. I have a friend who collects nesting dolls from different countries. Commit to being mindful when purchasing your souvenirs.
Feng Shui & Vacation Memories
If you tend to come back with a bunch of tchotchkes I am going to encourage you to rethink that. In the book Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui Karen Kingston says, “When you collect something, what you are doing is collecting a particular essence of something you feel you need.”
If you are collecting something can you see if there is a deeper message for you? Remember to be gentle with yourself. This is a process! And if you truly love collecting something, collect away. If you have many collections I encourage you to see if you can pare down. If everything has value, then nothing does. Also, when we make space in our life we can bring in new opportunities, people and experience.
Takeaways from today’s blog:
- Consider saving your money and not buying souvenirs for yourself or others. Spend it on experiences while you are on a trip;
- Get creative when giving experiences to others: give a membership, offer to babysit, create a photo album or book of recipes;
- If you are collecting a lot of something can you figure out what need you are trying to fill?
How will you create clutter free vacation memories? What feng shui tips will you incorporate?
DIY Options to Clear Clutter
Purchase Julie’s books on how to clear clutter from your life: https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Coraccio/e/B07JGGL7ZL/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Subscribe to Clear Your Clutter Inside & Out Podcast https://reawakenyourbrilliance.com/resources-concierge-services/podcasts/self-help-podcast/
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