I know exactly what happened. You recently came across a box full of old memories. Maybe it was intentional, maybe it was by accident. But when you found that box of old stuff, the nostalgia was incredible. Maybe even a little overwhelming?
Our childhood heirlooms have the incredible power to take us back to a time when life was much simpler and different.
A Cluttered Childhood: Cleaning out Old Belongings
We cherish these belongings for their intrinsic value. You can’t put a price on them. And parting with them? Forget about it. So we store them. Either at home or in a self storage unit at a local facility.
Deep down though, we wrestle with the idea that not every memento should be kept until the end of time and we are faced with the inevitability of either giving them away or throwing them in the trash.
What Should you Keep?
We tend to keep things that we know we can pass on to future generations, especially if they have been in the family for a long time. But what about stuff like aged high school and college clothing or old posters or even love letters from that guy or girl from 25 years ago? That stuff probably better belongs in a second hand store or the dump.
Its an emotional journey but there are two questions that will really help you as you decide what to keep and what to throw away: Does this item create clutter in my home? And will the memory remain if I simply take a picture of it?
There’s no need to fill your house with items that you can take a picture with your iPhone. If the picture can suffice, then take your shot and send the physical item to the trash!
And if the idea of that is just too much, maybe storing it Planet Storage would be a great way for you to keep the items for a little while longer until you decide what to do with them 🙂