10 Steps for Saying Goodbye to Sentimental Objects

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Are keepsakes cluttering your space and your life?

Consider this approach for letting go and moving on

Old photographs, hand-me-down tea sets, sweaters, school art projects — we all have some variations of these items, just sitting in boxes, waiting for … er, what is it they are waiting for, exactly? A day when you will suddenly wake up and feel a need to riffle through baby clothes and silver spoons? While I am (sort of) joking, the truth is that we will never look at many of the “important” items sitting in boxes in storage. We keep them because we are emotionally tied to these things, and because when we see them we cannot bear to get rid of them. What if, by editing your keepsakes, you were able to process your past and free up emotional space to live a richer, healthier life in the present?

By carefully and intentionally examining each object, you can end up with a more special and meaningful collection of truly important items worth keeping. If you’re feeling ready to take charge of your keepsakes and heirlooms, these 10 steps can help guide you through the process.


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  1. on 21.11.2014
    at 6:09 PM

    I have have of a basement with stuff that loosely fits into this category. The other half is filled with things that I think I or my kids may use at some point in the distant future. But, I think it’s going to require a move to a smaller place to finally separate me from it.

    • on 24.11.2014
      at 8:37 AM

      I wish you all the best with your basement. ~Sheri

  2. on 04.03.2015
    at 10:13 PM

    Brilliant info thanks for sharing.

  3. on 02.11.2015
    at 9:02 PM

    Some really good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

    • on 05.11.2015
      at 4:53 PM

      Thank you Patricia. ~Sheri

  4. on 21.04.2016
    at 1:25 AM

    that was a good read and it’ll be something that i can apply in life. thanks for posting

  5. on 04.10.2016
    at 3:24 PM

    so nice and amazing post keep it up and thanks for sharing intresting information.

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