We know. It’s a bit shocking to see in a title that you don’t have to purge every item in your home. And it’s true! Memorabilia and nostalgia will probably make it impossible to completely purge items that have been passed down to you or are significant to you. At Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver, Colorado, we’re certain that you can find the right balance to save your memories while still clearing out items to give you more space. Below are some strategies to help you achieve a more organized space for all of your mementos.
An item that may have a minor flaw shouldn’t have to be thrown out. If you can still use and find a purpose for an item, even if it isn’t in the way it was originally intended for, it’s fair to keep an item. One example is to use a teapot that may have a crack on the lid. The teapot from grandma can still be used to store short flowers. It’s a great way to keep the spirit of the person alive and give the item a new purpose.
- Keep a Small Amount
Limit yourself to keeping a small amount of things. Create a “Never Toss” box or bin. In it, as the name implies, would be items that you would never toss. This will make you rank your items. To help you determine which items to keep, consider the memories they conjure up. If any of the items don’t produce particularly strong pleasant memories, you can probably toss or donate the item.
Choose specific items to represent a large chunk of time, such as a set of baby clothes or a clip of their hair, rather than your child’s entire clothes collection. Keeping items contained in a box will help to prevent items from taking over your home and limit what you do keep.
- Know You’ll Have More Memories
Leave room in your box or bin in order to save any future items. By filling your keepsake box to the top today, you’ll miss out on opportunities to store items in the future. Use this point as reassurance that it’s okay to purge additional items today in order to be proactive in the future.
- Sort and Share
Before donating items, be sure to sort and share them especially if you know of a sibling, cousin, or other family member that would cherish an item more than you. This is a great way to keep items in the family without you having to store all of them. Your home shouldn’t be the designated storage unit for your entire family.
Sorting and cleaning out all of your nostalgic items doesn’t have to be stressful. You’ll be on your way to creating storage space and a more organized home. Need help creating organizers for all of your pieces? Then it’s time to call in the professionals at Closet and Storage Concepts in Longmont, Colorado to help you out! You’ll be glad you did.