Then we come down to the more difficult things- memorabilia. I've carried around a tote for about 10 years that contains items from my life that span
So when does a memory become obsolete? Here's how I see it. If I am hanging onto something, the only real purpose should be to pass these things onto my children or perhaps at least show them once they are adults. My mom hung on to some of these things. I'm sure in her mind all this stuff she collected through the years would be of great significance... sorry, Mom, most of it went in the recycling bin. Do I need my first quarter report card from 6th grade? Not so much. Will my kids wanna see it when they are 40? Pretty positive they won't. So that's what I did. I cleared out almost my ENTIRE tote. I put anything I wanted to keep into manilla envelopes and categorized them. Other than that, I had a few pictures in frames and a couple medals that I kept out of the folders. I was able to clear out the tote so much that I fit two smaller shoe box size totes inside of it!
Life feels so much better without clutter- both metaphorically and literally. Now I have so much less that I will have to move whenever I leave my current digs. I've made some sweet coin over the past two months since consigning bags and bags of non-necessities. And yet I still find more and more every day that I don't understand why it is still lingering in my house.
Do I need two unopened air pumps for when a football deflates? Nope.