Friday, February 28, 2014

The Enjoy Jar

Today I'm sharing the story my "Enjoy Jar." It's just a small, empty pickle jar with "enjoy jar" Sharpied on the lid.

Its contents are a few of my favorite trinkets and mementos, the ones that are enjoyable or interesting to hold, look at, and think about.

Stuff like: a shark tooth found on the beach where our family used to vacation every summer, a kaleidoscope, Micro Machines, my husband's grandfather's dog tags, my high school class ring, a few of my eraser collection erasers, a marble painted like the globe, Bashful the dwarf from my sorority pledging.

I got the idea when reading Stuff; the authors discussed how hoarders seem to have a particular affinity for touching and examining possessions. They see qualities of stuff that others don't.

So, keeping that in mind as I've been sorting memory boxes and other memorabilia, I've been culling a few of the small things that are the most meaningful. They must have visual and/or textural value as well. 

And I'm embracing the enjoying. I put the jar on a bookshelf where I can see it. Every now and then I pull out an item or two for holding or examination. I'll tell my boys about them. 

When you hoard, you can't really savor anything because everything is important and most things are buried. This is way better.

A photo of the inside of the kaleidoscope


  1. Hi Alison! Yay! The micro machines made it to the enjoy jar! Glad you found them! I so need to do this! :)

  2. Kimberly - Yes! They turned up! I thought of you :) I mean, they are epitome of fun

  3. Also have an eraser collection...and key chains...and stickers...and rocks...and coins...and stuffed animals....i could go on:-). You're my inspiration!

  4. I love this idea. And I really love that there's a micro machine in there! :) I have really been enjoying your blog. We are eerily similar in the hoarding department, but I don't think I have the guts to be as honest as you, listing every thing you kept in the memory boxes! I have come a long way, but I still have a long way to go. I've been researching minimalism lately because I feel trapped by stuff and I want to be free of most of it. I am loving your blog, and I can't wait to read your book someday. :) Love you and miss you!!