No person should be without sentimental items. They remind us of what’s been, of where we’ve come from, our journey, our lessons, and they hold that special place in our heart that no one else can touch.
If you’re on your way to minimalism, or simply wanting to get a few of your items in order, sentimental items can often be the hardest to organise. They can take the most time (when I find an old photograph album or a box of childhood letters, I’m crossed-legged on the floor for hours!), and are the grey areas of decluttering.
I was discussing decluttering and minimalism with a family member recently whom I quote, “if you don’t keep it, it won’t become sentimental”. I pointed out that’s my argument exactly – don’t keep things so they become meaningful, only keep them if they are truly meaningful.
Here are a few tips to help clear the head:
I hope this has given you a good start to organising your keepsakes. As with all organising and decluttering, the idea is to keep what you really want. You will enjoy the items that have made the cut much more!