Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I don't think this painting is great art work, yet it's one of my most cherished possessions. Why? Because it's the paint-by-numbers picture that my mother did when she was pregnant with me. It hung in her apartment bathroom for the last 30 years of her life, and now it hangs in mine.
Another personal example: To some people's horror, I tore apart my high school yearbooks, and saved only a few pages. But the high school literary magazine I worked on? Those I kept!
And listen to professional organizer Debbie writing about her "slightly scratched, lightly faded, beloved Snow White figurine." Debbie says: "Not long before her death, my Grandmom Jordan brought this unremarkable figurine home to me after her visit to the Florida theme park. I was barely 9 when Grandmom died, but the short time I had with her was enough to convince me that she was a blessing to our family, and a treasure more valuable than all the riches in the world. Even to this day, just the sight of my Snow White brings a flood of warm emotions, and triggers fond memories of summers at the Jersey shore with my loving, doting Grandmom."
So I'm here to tell you that memorabilia is very personal. Go ahead and save meaningless-to-anyone-else sentimental items - but it does help to be selective and save only the most precious. And don't worry about getting rid of things that you think should be meaningful, but aren't.
Saving Some of the Sentimental