When I couldn’t snap shut the cover to the file box I used for memorabilia, I decided it was time to sort though the items. I sorted through the items, eliminating a few things; then repeated the process of going through the items. Each time I touched an item, I found myself digging deeper into my reasoning for keeping these objects.
In some cases, I’d decided the item was the type of thing I should keep even though it didn’t have much meaning for me. Each year, I sort through these items and I’ve found the box of memorabilia has gotten smaller as the meaning of some items has changed over the years.
Are there items you feel obligated to hold onto? Why? What do you get from holding onto these items? If you have memorabilia that you truly enjoy looking at, then you have found the right items to keep.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.