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Decluttering sentimental items is an emotional topic for me. 

I have a hard time getting rid of sentimental items that are cluttering my life.

 Obviously, some sentimental items are meant to be kept, cherished, and passed to the next generation.

I’m wholeheartedly behind that.


Decluttering Sentimental Items – My Journey 


 However, the clutter I’m talking about takes three forms: It belonged to someone else, but you don’t necessarily like it; the items belonged to your children, who have outgrown them; and, the items are yours, but you’re no longer as interested as you once were.


When my mother passed away in 2014, I inherited a lot of antiques.

Some of you might swoon, but antiques are not necessarily my thing. This made it rather easy to decide which to keep and which to sell.

I kept the main pieces, like my grandpa’s pocket watch and the Noritake china my dad bought for my mom that had been made in Occupied Japan during World War II. 

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I love those pieces!

Many other pieces, however, my cousin sold for me.

Decluttering sentimental items 


Childhood Items: 

The next area hits me hard. 

My older daughter will be 21 this summer; my younger will be 17 in the fall.

Not exactly babies anymore, right?

Here’s the deal: I’ve kept many of their toys from childhood.

I have their cradle and the used toy rocking horse my mom bought for them. 

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I have their tricycle and scooter.

While it was somewhat easier to part with their clothing, because most of it was stained and icky, it’s harder to let go of their childhood toys.

My solution: I’m keeping the tricycle and a few other things. 

I’m donating the rest, after I’ve taken pictures of the items.

I read where pictures enable you to perform a psychological trick on yourself. You technically still have the item, in picture form, along with the memory, but you have cleared the clutter, which won’t be used again.

Make sense?

I think it’s brilliant!


Princess Diana:

The final area for me: Princess Diana.

Growing up, she was my hero. 

I read everything published about her and felt like I knew her.

I’ve kept most of that reading material, magazines and books, but I have a lot of it.

Too much to keep.

And while I will always love her compassion and sense of fashion, I can’t continue to keep mountains of material.

The deal I’ve made with myself is that I’m keeping most of the books, but donating several more.


All the magazines have to go.

I’ve retained some of my past, but not so much that it’s become, well, clutter.

I hope your journey to decluttering sentimental items is a successful one!

(Looking for other ways to declutter and organize? Try these!)

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Decluttering Sentimental Items




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