It is amazing the things we hold on to, and for what?
I read recently that people hold on to items simply because they have an emotional attachment to the item. Even though they are never going to use the item in question again, they hold on to it because there is a wonderful memory attached to it. Sentimental, so to speak.
I can understand that line of thinking, but I also know that at the end of the day, they are just things. Take baby clothes for instance. Sure, I could have held onto all of my daughter’s old newborn clothes and saved them. Found some random place to store them. And then what?
Instead, I saved one outfit from her newborn stage and that’s the outfit she came home from the hospital in. That one outfit holds the dearest memory for me, not any of the other items she wore during that phase.
Sure, the other newborn clothes were cute but what I am going to do with bags of clothes that aren’t being used? I would rather give them away and let someone else swaddle their baby in those teen tiny articles of clothing.
Things have a way of comforting us and just by looking at an item, one can feel better. But one has to know that there is a fine line between a memento, a keepsake, or a souvenir and items that are distractions, filler, clutter, and takers of space.
If something truly holds a memory for you hold onto it. Otherwise, give it away. Let it find a new home. Someone else may treasure it more than you.