What Do You Do When Family Heirlooms No Longer Fit Your Life?
I’ve been thinking of family heirlooms, large and small, as I prepare to go through the items I have in storage and as I wrap up spring cleaning. I’ve been lucky enough to have inherited things that belonged to people precious to me, but unfortunately too many have lives relegated to storage. I donated a number of more recent things with fewer memories attached, but I’m somewhat stumped with what to do with others. I have some handbags, for instance, that I’d love to give to a good home. But it’s hard to say goodby in a way that honors the person who originally owned and loved them.
Something else I’ve been contemplating is the contents of the storage containers that have been filled with things from my parents’ house for years. We haven’t had the space and frankly, I haven’t had the inclination to go through them. Some of the things in storage are things I want to keep, like my mother’s bedroom furniture from when she was a child, but we already have furnished our child’s room with other meaningful pieces and they don’t fit in with the room we have. But not only were they in my mother’s childhood bedroom, they were in mine. So I’m stumped.
There are other pieces I plan to donate or sell, in some cases, but it’s hard to say goodbye. What would you do if you have heirlooms that don’t fit in with your life, and can no longer store them?