The Sentimental Shoebox

There are too many things we keep around. If you have stuff that you never use, but keep because it has sentimental value – meaning it has some subjective significance – put a cap on how much you allow yourself to have. I personally like the shoebox method: if it doesn’t fit in the box – I get rid of it.

I understand that parting with possessions may be difficult for you. But how many things with an emotional price tag are you going to allow yourself to have? This matters because your living space is a reflection of your mental state. If your space is cluttered and disorganized, then your thinking is not far behind.

I know, I know – but the memories. Well, I have good news for you, the memories aren’t going anywhere: with or without the token.

Now I’m not suggesting that you forget the important memories in your life. I’m suggesting that you re-evaluate the meaning you apply to the objects that are tied to those memories.

Unless you are running a museum, don’t collect for the sake of collecting – sentimental or otherwise. Instead, free up your physical and mental space – you’ll be glad you did.


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6 thoughts on “The Sentimental Shoebox

  1. Quote so! Maybe limiting the collection of stuff to one single solitary shoe box would be a way to go, and if it’s full, something has to go before something else can be added.

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  2. I love the idea of minimalism, and I completely agree that the amount of physical clutter around us contribute to the amount of mental clutter in our heads. On the other hand, sentimental things are hard to get rid of! I like that you suggest keeping them in a shoebox – we don’t have to throw all of them away, at the same time, it limits the amount we keep 🙂

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