Do You Have a Home Owner's Hope Chest?

Do You Have a Home Owner's Hope Chest?

Dabney Frake
Jul 17, 2013

Hope chests used to be for unmarried young women — both tangible daydream and useful preparation for future wedded bliss, filled with embroidered linens, cherished heirlooms, and handmade clothing. Fast forward to the modern day, and we no longer plan for our future lives in quite the same way. Or do we? Do you put aside coveted things, with an eye towards later use, once you own your own home? 

Some friends of mine just got back from Italy and hand-carried some ceramic tile back from their trip. While they're renters now, it's for their eventual home, when they have a place to use it. They loved the actual tile, along with the idea that it would forever remind them of that trip and experience. It's a great thought, no? Here's the rub. My friends also currently live in a small Boston studio apartment, so storing the tile is no small task (nor probably was carrying it back on the plane). 

So, do you have a home owner's hope chest? If you live in a particularly small space, how do you decide what goes in your "chest" and what you'll save for a long time, perhaps years? Is your hope chest a small box, a dresser, or perhaps a storage unit?  

Do tell.

(Image: Steamer Trunk from Apartment Therapy Classifieds)

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