How Do You Consolidate Your Things?
I have a difficult time letting go of possessions. I’ve addressed this here, here, and here, but not really the causes behind the difficulty. As the child of a (retired, now) Army officer, we did move during my life. I also attended boarding school. The belongings I carried with me during these moves, and at school, necessarily were those I valued. They also recall very specific moments or places in time, which is a meaning that I find personally valueable. For me, it is hard to donate items or consign them, in a few cases, because it then feels as though I don’t value the memories attached to those items any longer.
Part of the reason I started this blog was to edit things down, to hold myself accountable by donating items that are no longer worn, that have perhaps some genuine sentimental value but little to no practical value–like a t-shirt from my middle school spirit week. (Yes. I truly had held onto this.) So that was an easy thing to remove from my wardrobe. But what about other things, things that have sentimental value but aren’t practical? Like a dirndl from a trip to Germany to visit my father (again, yes, I have held onto this); shoes that were my mother’s but are beyond repair (I wrote about replacing them here, but I’ve held onto the original pair); a sweater of my grandmother’s that was destroyed by moths? What do I do then? I don’t want to let them go–well, the dirndl can go–but the shoes and the sweater and numerous other things… I don’t want to let them go, but I really don’t have a place for them any longer.
So what would you do? Would you hold onto these items, knowing that they are just relics, or let them go and simply remember them? I’m eager to hear your thoughts, and what you’ve chosen to do if you’ve found yourself in this position!