There’s all sorts of advice out there on what you should leave your children and grandchildren someday—and most of it centers on money. Start an IRA! Invest in bonds! Create a living trust for them!
But, “not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” Often attributed to Albert Einstein, recent research indicates these wise words were written by William Bruce Cameron, a professor of sociology, in 1963. And he’s right. The kind of “value” grandparents offer children has very little to do with money.
We all wish we’d gotten to know our own grandparents better. Poignant lists of “things I wish I’d asked Grandma before she died” float around online and sit in our own hearts.
Here are things you should start saving NOW for your own grandchildren:
- Visual memories: Photos, videos, even old slides; these things are valuable records. Make sure you organize and store these things properly. Make print backups of digital photos, and digitally back up your photo snapshots.
- Written memories: Journals, diaries, old schoolbooks, high school yearbooks, college degrees, and letters or notes send between you and other family members, friends, and loved ones.
- Audio memories: Needless to say, if you’ve got thoughts recorded, or called into a radio station one time and won the grand prize, save that for your family. The voice of a loved one is beyond earthly value.
- Family lore: Start writing down what you know about your own parents, grandparents, and ancestors. Collect the medical records, birth and death certificates, or newspaper clipping featuring family members. Write your own little autobiography. Here are some questions that may help you figure out what to say.
Even if it seems silly or pretentious to set this stuff aside already for posterity, do it. You may not see the value yet, but your great-great grandchildren will. Make sure you organize, organize, organize—make it easy to understand the data you’re giving them.
Store these precious things carefully. This is more than just a legacy your descendants will cherish—this is living history.
STORBOX can help. You’re going to need space and proper care for these valuable items. A “legacy” self-storage unit can end up being a room-sized surprise, neatly waiting for your kids and grandkids, available NOW while you’re still here to answer any questions they have. Call (626) 407-3439 to speak with a storage counselor, and plan for your family’s future.