My goal for the month of January 2016, is to work on culling through keepsakes and memorabilia. It's another hard category for me. And probably a lot of you too. I figure having blog readers to be accountable to will help keep me motivated. And I really want to see fewer bins of keepsakes. I expect seeing the physical reduction these items take up will be very satisfying as well.
I've actually already started!! I believe it was a few days before the new year that I pulled out a scrapbook I put together in high school and college. It's a big book. And it was about 2/3 full. Before starting I knew that I didn't want to keep the book at all. So I lifted everything off as best I could. If I knew I didn't want to keep at that first moment I touched it, I dropped it into the recycle bin. There were some really odd things I kept. One was a matchbook (with matches) from my best friends wedding in 1992!! I don't smoke. And what an fire hazard to have matches mixed in with so much paper.
|The pages that were blank are left. I'm donating the book.|
I estimate I let go of 80% of what was in the book. I have a small stack of items that I think I'm saving, but I do need to go back through those items before my January Keepsake Purge ends. The best part is how much more space I have in my bin without that large book! And I found some money tucked in the book as well.
|Silver Eagle is probably worth $20-$25 now.|
I don't expect I will work EVERYDAY of January on this project. Because it is an emotional category I feel I will dig in to a small stack of items every few days. If I attack these keepsakes differently I will sure let you know.
Do you have a planned category of items you are decluttering this month? What do you think of me tossing keepsakes? Is this a difficult or easy category for you?
Since I didn't track the actual items decluttered from my scrapbook, I'm only going to count the book itself. I'm also recycling a magazine from our home today. Items decluttered year to date: 20