It is okay if you decide you don’t want to keep your old trophies and awards. I threw away mine a few years ago. I had trophies from dance and piano, and my mom stored them for me. It surprised her when I went through and tossed out the old stuff, but I said, “Look, they’re just made of plastic.”
The biggest accomplishments of my life will not be represented by gold-painted plastic trophies.
The experience you gained is valuable, not the trophy. The trophy was a token for the moment.
It’s also okay to throw away ribbons and recycle certificates. I had a certificate from high school that told me I was “worthy of joining the Learning & Liberty Wall of Fame.” What does that even mean?
Here is how you can judge whether you can get rid of something that could be sentimental: If as the years go by, you care about something less and less, then let it go. You won’t regret it.
With a quick Google search you might find a local organization that wants to reuse your trophies, but if not, put them on the curb. If saving one makes you happy, choose something small such as a ribbon that can be tucked away in an album.
If you have a silver trophy cup, that I would keep so I could put flowers in it.
Read the comments for ways to reuse them and organizations that might want them. Thanks for sharing ideas!