I have learned that you don’t have to toss it all out. One of the best rewards of decluttering is when the stuff is gone, you can really enjoy the “keepers”. It does not take boxes of reminders to preserve the memories.
I have been travelling a lot lately as I attend seminars to learn how to best share my passion with my readers. I take bits of reminders with me when I travel from home. I keep a tiny cross in my purse that was given to me by my daughter. Any time I reach into my billfold, I am reminded of her and the love she sends with me. In my suitcase, I carry a reminder of a dear friend who taught me how to love others for who they are. When I see that reminder, I am reminded of how he always had a story to tell and a smile for others.
It is always nice to be able to remember that someone loves you and nothing says it like a little reminder. So not all stuff is a tosser.
I sometimes get the urge to dig deeper and search through a box that I have not noticed lately. Just this last weekend, I found a box of old sheet music. Inside was a student series from 1896. It was part of the piano course my friend must have taken when she was a child. She has passed away, but it was nice to take a quiet moment and just imagine what it must have been like when she was a child. I can just imagine her sitting at the keyboard and doing her scales and practicing, just like the students do now.
Some mementos are good to keep to document family history. If you know who the people are in the photos, take a minute label them for future generations. I have piles of pictures of family long ago and I have not been able to find anyone who can identify the people in them.
The photos are interesting to document the dress and styles of the time, but it would be fun to be able to link the photos with people and stories that have been documented by others.
Pictures, notes and special reminders are important to us. It is good to be loved and to love. So instead of keeping all the stuff, think through what is important and put that to the best use. Handling photos can be a bit tricky. Do you know why photos turn yellow in those paper envelopes? It is because the paper is not acid free and it causes damage over time.