Ask yourself – do I really need all these memories from my childhood to now or am I just keeping it for the sake of keeping it? Do you think, oh, I will look at it sometime? Realistically, when was the last time you looked at this stuff? Perhaps it’s time to let it go….Here are 5 strategies to help you part with that ‘sentimental’ clutter.
1. Set a Limit
- Decide before you begin to keep between 5-10 items
- Choose only those items from your past that really mean something special
- Set a time limit and start small but start NOW!
2. Store Memorabilia Correctly
- Memorabilia does not belong in your clothes closet
- Create a proper space for the items in a damp-free environment
- Newspapers, old photos, etc., should be stored safely with archival quality storage supplies (acid free, lignin free & PVC free products)
3. Keep Track
- If you have a basement or storage spot filled with boxes of sentimental items and you don’t know what’s in them, it’s time to open them
- Sort, label and place items in a proper container (please see a previous post on keeping your storage place orderly
- Keep them all in one spot and not all over the house (i.e.; drawers, zip-locks, books, file folders)
- Display important items in your living-room, bedroom (if appropriate) or in a glass cabinet
- If you are crafty, put your skills to work and make an album or display box for them
- Consider taking pictures of bulky items – display or keep the picture and discard the item
- What do you want to leave behind for loved ones?
- Boxes and boxes of memorabilia will likely not be meaningful to anyone else but you
- Purge and leave a few things with a story that makes it more memorable
Remember, you don’t have to keep every item from your past unless it has a special place in your heart; otherwise, it just becomes clutter. Keep a few key pieces that you have a strong emotional attachment to and let the rest go.
Start small but start the process now. Trust me, the more you continue to collect, the more overwhelming the process will become. if you are already there, consider asking for help. One of my biggest ‘let it go’ items, was my wedding dress. After being in the basement in a special box for twenty-five years, I donated to www.thebridesproject.com.
How about you? Are you ready to start the New Year by purging some of the past? I welcome your feedback. You can connect with me by phone or email, leave a comment right here on the site, or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.
Until next time,