If you have a cherished item that reminds you of a parent or grandparent every time you look at it, then continue to enjoy the item. However, do you have an item simply because your father or grandmother liked it … but you really don’t give it a second thought?
If you have an item that is meaningless to you, you don’t need to feel obligated to hold onto it just because of whom it belonged to at one time. Is there another relative who would find that the item evokes happy memories?
There were a lot of items stored at my parents’ home that probably belonged to a grandparent or great-grandparent, but because the items were stored in boxes in the attic, I had no clue if any of the items had a special significance. Neither my brother nor I felt any attachment to these things we’d never seen
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.