Do you feel sentimental about your stuff?
I love this scene in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Toula’s about to get married, and the grandmother brings in one box of hermost precious things to share with her granddaughter.
Inside the box are old photos, heirloom jewelry, and a wedding garland.
These keepsakes have been carefully chosen and treasured, and each item carries significantly personal meaning.
When it comes to keeping sentimental things:
the fewer things you keep, the more special they are.
The opposite is true as well: too many sentimental things become less loved and more burdensome. Keepsakes are meant to give an inspiring glimpse and momentary remembrance of the past. They aren’t meant to be a full historical archive that will consume someone’s current life.
Do you need to lighten up your sentimental keepsakes?
Here’s how this works:
Keep: love letters your husband wrote when you were dating
Don’t keep: cards and letters from former boyfriends
Keep: an invitation from your wedding
Don’t keep: the paper napkins and matchbooks embossed with your name
Keep: your baby’s hospital hat and bracelet
Don’t keep: your baby’s stroller and car seat
Keep: a photo of your 3rd grade softball team
Don’t keep: the trophies and medals awarded at the end of season pizza parties
Keep: a birthday card from your granny
Don’t keep: every birthday card from your granny
Do you have anything to add or subtract?