D.I.Y. Make a "Smile File"

This probably doesn’t deserve to be called a “D.I.Y.” in the traditional sense, but I thought it was such a cute idea and anyone can do it! A friend recently told me about her “smile file” — a collection of notes, cards, photographs and bits of memorabilia that you can reference every once in a while when you need a little pick-me-up…

Maybe I’m a sucker for the handwritten note because I have always kept them, but kept them tucked away. How fun to pull them out and place them in a special bowl like this one from my grandmother’s vintage gold-rimmed china set. Now all of these nice thoughts I’ve collected through the years can be out in the open and filling the air with positive vibes.

Do you have a “smile file” too? If not, I hope you’ll try it!

Happy Monday!

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. This is such a great idea. I’ve been going through a lot this past week with my personal life, and this is exactly what I think I need to do for myself. Thanks for sharing!

  2. My parents are such sentimentalists, they’d love this idea. I’m trying not to keep as many notes and cards, but i like the idea of keeping a small bowl-worthy set.

  3. I have a shoe box filled with handwritten notes from my childhood girl friends that I’ve moved around the world with me. I love going through them whenever I’m having a crappy day. It’s so funny to read all the silly notes we used to write each other (most of them are from middle and high school!) x