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Creating a Memory Shelf
for Children {or Yourself!}

by | Feb 3, 2009 | Children's Rooms, Decorating Inspiration | 36 comments

Creating a Memory Shelf <br> for Children {or Yourself!}

When we did the pirate scavenger hunt for our son a few months ago, he collected quite a few “treasures.” We took a shelf in his room, cleared it off, and allowed him to put all of the mementos from that day on display. It was a rotating display, he could change the contents of the shelf at any time.

Creating a Memory Shelf <br> for Children {or Yourself!}

We have done similar things with all of our kids’ rooms over the years. Each of our kids has had at least one shelf or bookcase to show off their collected memories. The treasures can be from one memorable day, a special trip, gathered throughout the year, or be a collection they were trying to establish!

Having a place for children store all the little treasures they gather not only help to decorate their room on a budget, but gives them a sense of belonging, history and helps them to focus on all of their blessings and happy moments in life.

I love the row of Pez candy dispensers along the molding in the child’s room in the top photo! And, I really like the bookshelf to the right that has the artwork taped on it! Perfect for a memory shelf.

Creating a Memory Shelf <br> for Children {or Yourself!}

And a memory shelf doesn’t have to just be for children! Make one for yourself! Show off your love letters, your beach shells or any mementos that bring a smile to your face!

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Top and bottom photos,
Absolutely Beautiful Things (from Serena & Lily and Cox & Cox)


  1. Jenny

    What a great idea! I love the shelf display. I know my girls would enjoy making a special spot for their “stuff”!

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  2. Vee

    Maybe I’m already doing this and didn’t realize it. I know that my grandmother is as she has toys from her childhood plus photos of herself as a teen and dolls that she collects now on her memory shelf. Great idea to allow children to have this kind of freedom. And why couldn’t it be a memory jar or a memory box or a memory can?

    Vees inspiring blog post..Kitchen Musings Again

  3. Kimm at Reinvented

    This is a fabulous idea. A great way to let kids feel “involved” in the decor in their room, even if Mom can’t reliquish control! Not that I have that problem or anything…

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  4. pam

    Great idea.

  5. Jacque Asselin

    I was thinking what a great idea, then laughed because I realized my entire home is set up like a memory shelf! Probably would be a designers nightmare

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  6. teresa

    Great idea- wish I had done something like that when my children were little- Now we have what I call our wall of honor.
    I’m going to share this idea with my daughter and daughters in law.

    teresas inspiring blog post..Happy Birthday Payton-

  7. jennykate

    As a mom of a little boy, who is always trying to figure out creative ways to display things…THANK YOU!! These are some fabulous ideas. I too love the Pez dispensers all lined up….we have TONS of these at our house and are always buying more. Great post!

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  8. Pretty Organizer

    Perfecto! We have shelves attached or on the wall of next to each of our kiddos beds. They’re very umm…. creative. My kids love that they have their own space that I don’t regulate. My dad also made each of my kids one year their own treasure box… complete with hidden compartment! Now I can say, “If it’s important to you, put it in your box.” Such a great idea to give kids independence.

    Love it! Come on over to Wendy at the and link up there to this post. IT would be a great contribution to our Conquering Kids Clutter that we’re throwing!… well, she’s hosting.
    Have a super day!
    Pretty Organizer

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  9. Wendy

    Hey there Melissa…I echo Pretty Organizer…this post would be perfect for my Linky Pary tomorrow…you should link up! Oh, and by the way, I LOOOVE the little Pirate Shelf. I have a three-year-old that would go bonkers over that!

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  10. SoBella Creations

    My 5 year old keeps her “special” things on the top shelf of her bookcase. She does this to keep her 2 year old sister from discovery the wonderful treasures.

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  11. Lazy Mom Leslie

    What a great idea for kids! I struggle with them wanting to put all their “treasures” out on display. This way they get to see their treasures and it is contained which makes mom happy!

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  12. LuLu

    My kids love to collect things and keep treasures they find I need to add more shelves in there room to help display it,, thanks for the reminder.

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  13. katy

    I love all of the pictures, too cute!

    You should come visit my blog, I’m doing a giveaway…….something you might need/want for your house. :)

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  14. Lindsay

    Awww, this makes me happy for some reason. :) My DS just turned 3 and has really started to want to pick up rocks and sticks to bring home. Maybe I should let him keep them after all. :)

  15. Misti

    Oh yes, we have memory shelves, but ours collect weird things like rocks and dirty pennies! Somehow they just love showing them off to the world.

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  16. Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall

    Loving these ideas Melissa!

  17. Kristen

    I love to keep reminders of special moments around our home. This is a great way to showcase them without making my walls/shelves look cluttered. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Maven

    I have been the lucky one in that my dad has built us a variety of these kinds of shelves over the years – I highly recommend them :-)

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  19. Liz

    What a really lovely idea, I think my daughter would love that. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. Jennifer Wells

    LOVE the pez lined along the wall. I have a huge collection and have never known what to do with them. My kids definitely need a place for their little keepsakes as well!

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  21. Sarah

    I love the Pez lineup…but I doubt my children would go for as cute a collection as that!

    Sarahs inspiring blog post..Taming Kids’ Clutter

  22. Heather

    So cute! We had a million PEZ lined up like that in our room growing up :)

  23. meg duerksen

    my kids all have this in their rooms. and it’s so full of stuff that it gets on my nerves but i do nothing about it…it’s THEIR shelf. with THEIR treasures. everyone needs their own space to feel themselves. and shelves full of junk help that.
    i love the pirate. :)

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  24. Astrid

    Lovely idea! I’ve got several mementos on my daughter’s dresser…she keeps rearranging it though to her liking. LOL!

    Astrids inspiring blog post..Drowning in Kid Stuff….

  25. jenjen

    I love that shelf with the treasures. I have some shelves in my daughters’ rooms where they display their special things. They love them!

    Thanks – I enjoyed your post!


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  26. Jaime

    What a fabulous idea! I think I will have to do this when my son gets just a bit older. Thanks for sharing!

  27. alice jones

    I think it is important to personalize your home with reminders of fond memories. Thankyou for sharing these great ideas of how to showcase them.

  28. Catherine

    What a great idea. I have two boys and I think boys are typically less sentimental so this is a great way to get them to think about things which are special to them. I’ll be chatting to my two in the morning!


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