Keeping Your Treasures

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.


This is a great tip as I make decisions what to keep from my parents’ house. Photos of favourite things which would take up too much space is an excellent solution. Thanks for making this task so much easier for me!

September 25th, 2008 | 9:48 am
Cris Hughes:

Treasures are quite tricky, sticky things for me. At my age (59) I am more ready than ever to live free of unnecessary burdens.

I find that when I meditate–whether alone or in a supportive group–I am more at peace without grasping on to thoughts, feelings or attachment to a certain outcome.

This doesn’t make it totally easy to let go of stuff, but when I do manage to clear out a space I breathe a bit easier. I would say I experience more inner and outer space. Believe me though, I’m still a work in progress!

Thanks for your very helpful site–it gives me hope that I can live the way I want to be, with myself and others.

July 31st, 2009 | 11:26 pm

Dear Chris – Thank you so much for your comment! (I missed it earlier; have finally gathered some breathing space myself after a bunch of summer projects.)

I’d love to send your comment out in a tip, in case there are those who won’t read it here. Would that be okay with you?

Very glad the website has been helpful, Joanna

August 29th, 2009 | 7:03 am
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