We often live in a world full of clutter. But that doesn’t mean that there can’t be certain things that we can use as heirlooms to pass down through the generations. Often, these things don’t have to be very large, but still, give us a broad sense of peace or immense understanding of history.
A few things that fit in this category include toys that aren’t total garbage, photographs, important documents, and awards. These may be things that you have gotten from your grandparents and plan on passing down to your grandchildren, assuming that they are taken care of properly through time.
Heirloom-quality toys are things that can be cherished over the years. Every new generation of children can play with them, and then when they outgrow them, they get put away in some storage container where they won’t rot, get wet, get dirty, or otherwise get damaged. It’s interesting to note that a lot of toys that were built a long time ago have withstood the test of time because they were constructed better in the past. However, you can buy wooden toys that are made in modern times that will face this test of generational use.
Especially before the onset of digital technology, some of the most precious things in any household were the photographs the people had collected over the years. Not that many generations ago, photography was just being invented, and there are gorgeous pictures of families from those early days that have been passed on over time. These photos do fade, but there are modern photo restoration techniques that are amazing, you can do reprints that look just like the originals, and potentially even better! People often keep photographs in fireproof boxes because it’s the one thing they don’t want to lose in the event of a fire at home.
Relevant documents can get passed along through generations as well. Immigration papers. Birth certificates. Degrees from universities. All of these papers can hold a lot of value as they indicate milestones during the historical timeline of any family. If you want to archive your important documents, be sure to choose a storage medium that will create damage over time, especially with delicate paper.
And finally, if any member of your family has ever gotten an award, those can get passed down as heirlooms. If a family member was in a war and got any medals or ribbons, these are some of the most common types of awards that are cherished in families. They are often displayed in a shadowbox, or next to a picture of the person who received them. If well taken care of, awards like this can be in families for hundreds of years.