Years ago I started using the Real Simple Keepsakes list. Operative word: started. While a great idea, I just found the longhand process daunting and without being able to pair it with photos, less than ideal. Hoping that Real Simple had turned their list into an app, I checked the App Store. No such luck. What I did stumble across was the Allstate Digital Locker. While it only had three stars, it was free (bonus) and there were enough four and five star reviews to make me decide to give it a go. A week later, I have most of my keepsakes list transferred to the iPhone and paired up with photos. And thanks to the comment field, next time I’m with my Mom and mother-in-law, I can get their help in more accurately describing some of the family items they’ve given to me over the years. The app is also available for other mobile devices and once completed, can be e-mailed so you can print or store a copy. The only bummer? Thumbnails wonâ€™t be part of the e-mail. â€” Sarah L.
In the picture: A turned-wood pencil holder that belonged to my great-grandfather.