What items in your house do you cherish? What would you take with you if you had to evacuate? What would make the cut if you were moving into 200 square feet?
These questions became very real for me last year. I had to look at everything I owned and decide if it was going to make the cut. For me, one of those items was a cookie jar.
This isn’t just any cookie jar, it is a cookie jar with 19 little hand prints on it. You see, my first job out of college was as an assistant kindergarten teacher.
I spent a year with 19 five year olds that I loved. And at the end of the year, they made a cookie jar for me. I doubt any of them remember this jar, but for me, it has served as a reminder of those children for more than 15 years now.
So why am I telling you about this? Well because as I started my downsizing journey, it was surprising to see which “things” we’re actually important to me.
A small elephant figurine that my grandmother had collected and that I inherited when she died, a set of Oz books my mom bought for me because she read me her copies when I was a little girl and a cookie jar with 19 small hands on it.
These items became the decorative focal points on my small bookcase in my tiny house,and every time I look at them they make me smile.
I have carried this cookie jar all over the country with me. It has lived in North Carolina, California, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia and Colorado. It has lived in 9 cities and 12 houses.
This cookie jar is more than a container that holds all of my loose change, it is a reminder of 19 children who shared a year with me. When I made the decision to go Tiny I knew it had to go with me.
What items hold memories for you? Are you displaying them in a way that allows you to enjoy the memories they evoke or the beauty they have to offer?
In our culture of consumption, there are times where these items are lost in the shuffle. Take the time to gaze at your cookie jars and take a walk down memory lane