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 her most 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.
But what if instead of one simple box, the scene in the movie had taken place here:
In front of her storage unit, with all of her life’s possessions carefully boxed and stored so that one day her granddaughter could inherit all of it and always remember her.
Not quite the same feeling, is it?
When it comes to keeping sentimental things:
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:
love letters your husband wrote when you were dating
Don’t keep: cards and letters from former boyfriends
an invitation from your wedding
Don’t keep: the paper napkins and matchbooks embossed with your name
your baby’s hospital hat and bracelet
Don’t keep: your baby’s stroller and car seat
a photo of your 3rd grade softball team
Don’t keep: the trophies and medals awarded at the end of season pizza parties
a birthday card from your granny
Don’t keep: every birthday card from your granny