Last week I received a letter and package from the widow of Robert Brouk, who is the focus of my book, To Soar with the Tigers. She sent me a few of Robert’s belongings that he got in Rangoon 1941-1942. I needed to make space in my curio cabinet for these items so I decided this was the weekend to drag out all my big tubs of memories downstairs and sort and organize them.
Here is what I did:
- Emptied each box, one at a time.
- Threw out duplicates of items and things I just didn’t need to save.
- Photographed some items too large to put in a scrapbook.
- Started scanning some items.
- Took the time to look through some things I had not before.
- Sorted the boxes by person – me, husband, each of our parents, each of our children. Now it is no longer a jumbled mess of stuff.
What did I learn?
- That this is an important activity everyone should do so when you die, your belongings aren’t scattered and unorganized so your heirs do not know what belonged to whom.
- I am one step closer to created a scrapbook of treasured items with labels so we know the story and person behind them.
- Gave me a chance to stop working so hard on work and take time for my research.
- And I believe my kids will appreciate the sorting some day.
Are you sorting, indexing, scanning, photographing, labeling, and preparing your items for the future? If not, how come?