Posted by Sue on Feb 14, 2008
It seems to me that Feb 14th is good day to mention a couple of
ways to enjoy items you treasure even when it no longer makes sense
to keep them.
I was reminded of one strategy by a lovely woman visiting from New
York who stopped by our neighborhood yard sale last Fall. She and I
got to talking about clutter (imagine that!)and how space is at a
premium living in the city. She said she was pretty good at
keeping her small space livable. For the fun of it, I gave her a
copy of my Decluttering 101.
A few days later she emailed to tell me something she’d been doing
for quite a while with treasures that didn’t really fit in her life
any more. Photographs were her solution! She’d made a “Treasure
Album.” When she wanted to pass a treasure on BUT didn’t want to
forget it, she wrote a brief note, took a couple of photos and
could then appreciate that piece of her past without having to pay
for and/or search for it in storage.
A similar solution for any sort of cloth item that is no longer
useable (t-shirts, sweatshirts, tablecloths, whatever)is a “Memory
Quilt.” Keep a small part of the cloth, perhaps a logo or a part of a
sleeve and sew the pieces into a quilt. However,if you are unlikely to ever make a quilt, a photo could work here too.
It makes sense to me to figure out one way or another to actively see
and enjoy those things you consider treasures!
Here’s a proposal- send me a strategy that has worked well for you -
I’ll send you a complimentary copy of Decluttering 101.