Right now I am creating a 1.000 Object Memory System, to add to my 1.000 People System. Since I am using no codification like the Major System or Dominic System I am free to choose any object of my choice. Using logical categories to group them helps to keep a good overview of them all. I chose to do lists or so called “wardrobes” in sizes of 100 images each. The first of these lists are images associated with the elements of the periodic table. This creates an amazing opportunity to combine a new system for numbers with memorizing actual knowledge.

Using the Wardrobe Method

Ulrich Voigt (PhD), a German author and memory artist, invented this method out of detailed research of historic memory techniques. I wrote a whole article about this subject, so I will not go into too much detail here. Let’s just say that a wardrobe is basically nothing else than a list of images, most favorably counting 10, 100, 1.000 or more items. That way one can use such a wardrobe to encode decimal digits. Although Mr. Voigt is using codes like the Major System for his wardrobe images, the idea stays the same.

To come up with 1.000 objects it makes sense to combine 10 wardrobes of 100 images with each other. Each wardrobe works on its own as 2-digit system but combined they create a 3-digit system. This could technically go on forever. The benefits of this approach are the endless possibilities of mental pictures. Using the Major code is limiting you to very few items. To take good use of this chance I decided to create extremely powerful wardrobes with beautiful and fundamental knowledge contained in them. The first one is the Periodic Table of Elements.

Finding appropriate images for all elements

The first task in this project was to find strong and distinguishable images. I had to choose between mnemonics for the name of the element or for their general purpose. I chose their purpose over the names because I can and will still be able to learn their names in the process. This system is aiming for championship usage and therefore will be trained very often. The names will come automatically over time and those who don’t will get some extra help with mnemonics.

Most elements are used in some way or the other in common objects. Only very few among them will be used in their pure form. Some examples only have small parts of the element in the used objects. But they are still important and often the main application for that component. Because some have a rather abstract use, I used clearer metaphors for them.

A few of the elements though have very little to none application except for scientific research. Especially the radioactive elements at the end of the table are barely used within common objects. For all of these I broke the logic and used a mnemonic image to encode at least the name. In the video below there are marked with a star (*).

Memorizing the Periodic Table of Elements

The memorizing process depends completely on yourself and your preferences. Since it doesn’t use any mnemonic codes for the numbers it is not really suitable as a first time system. You should rather be more experienced and already have at least a 2-digit system or a journey with enough locations. That way you can associate this new system with your old system and learn the element wardrobe very quickly. I connected this list with my first 100 people in my 1.000 People System which took nothing more than watching the video below twice. Now I have to train them in order to be able to recall all of them in an instant.

It doesn’t matter that you don’t know all the names of the elements represented in these images. At first all that counts is to get this wardrobe in your head so you can start using this system for numbers or whatever purpose you desire. You will see that many of the names pop up in your head without memorizing them at all, just by recalling the images. Then create some mnemonics for the most difficult ones and you are done. You have memorized a whole 2-digit memory system and the Periodic Table of Elements at the same time – and you even know one of their main applications for (nearly) all of them.