We did it! We’re finally on day 30. It’s time to clear out the sentimental clutter. Talking about the stuff that takes up a ton of room and collects dust. This is a tough one, I get it. That’s why I saved it for last. Letting go of things that have some sort of sentimental value is difficult because of the emotions it can stir up.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a lot of sentimental clutter for three reasons. The first being, I only keep the best of the best. My absolute favorites. It’s just that simple. The second reason is that I take a pictures to preserve the memory of an item instead of the actual item. For example, if I kept every.single.piece.of.paper my daughter brought home from school, I’d be buried in it. I have one binder per school year (we’re on the second year of preschool). My favorites go into the binder and I take a picture of the rest. I’ll eventually turn it into a small photobook we can flip through. The third reason is that my husband is in the military and we move a lot. We just don’t have the room to deal with lots of clutter, sentimental or not.
If you have the mindset of only keeping the best or your favorite items, then you’ll be able to actually enjoy those items vs. dealing with them being buried in storage.
Let’s talk heirlooms and other inherited items, shall we? Did you inherit your grandmother’s figurine collections, fine china, dolls, etc? A) Where do you keep it? B) Do you use it? I approach sentimental items like I do the rest of the items in my house. If it’s questionable, I’ll just keep it in the box and come back to it in six months to see if I’ve changed my mind. If you just keep your absolute favorites, then you’ll be able to showcase those items in your house and see them daily.
Remember, getting rid of sentimental clutter, especially items that trigger strong emotions, can be difficult. Donating an item that once belonged to a loved one doesn’t mean that memory of them is gone when you let it go. Don’t let guilt be the reason your home is cluttered.
Yay!!! So glad we’re done! I can honestly say that the lack of spending this month put things into perspective for me. I’m spending my splurge money on a new server for the blog and I bought myself a necklace that I’ve been wanting for a year now.
If you survived the thirty days, I want to know what you plan on doing with the money.
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