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The painted designs on some of these Hope Chests are very elaborate which has enabled historians to be able to categorize them by region and to recognize specific craftsmen. These Dower Chest designs included the use of inlaid leaf and flower motifs, unicorns, hearts, birds, hex designs to ward off evil spirits, flower designs mainly of roses or tulips, the name of the girl receiving the Hope Chest and the date that the Hope Chest was presented.
Make a commitment to yourself that you will stay on top of your clutter. You don't want to do all that work and just end up in a mess in a couple of months again. Make it easy on yourself to stay organized by placing baskets around your home so you can stow things in them quickly when you make a decluttering sweep through your home. It's best to keep stray items in one place like a laundry basket rather than stashing them in a drawer or closet to get them out of the way. Once things are placed in an area other than their permanent home, clutter gains a foothold. Keep them in a basket until you get time to walk the basket through your house and put things where they belong.Pennsylvania Dutch Hope Chests
Hope chests were usually stained a dark brown or painted to enhance the engraving or other embellishments on the outside areas. The name of the person who received the blanket chest along with the date was inscribed on the outside or on the inside of the lid of these heirloom chests. Some blanket chests were made with drawers along the bottom in which to place an extra special item such as a wedding dress. Others were given a tray area in top that could be easily removed in which to place smaller items.
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