How To Downsize Sentimental Items – Simplify Your Life | Emotional Journey

How To Downsize Sentimental Items – Simplify Your Life | Emotional Journey


Hey guys, welcome back to my channel! I
want to start off this video by reading a comment that one of you guys gave me
quite a while back just to give you an idea what this video is about. Bookish
writes: “I never get tired of talking about downsizing I hope you do a video
on sentimental items I’m going through mine now and it feels endless it seems
that I’ve saved everything that ever passed my way”. I know that feeling
“I’ve never gone through it before so when I’m done I’ll feel like a great
success”. Well I’m sure you will and I get questions about sentimental items a lot
it is not an easy area to tackle so I’m excited to talk to you about this in
this video. When you’re going into downsizing your sentimental items it is
really important that you’re patient with yourself. You have to give yourself
some amount of slack because if you rush it then you’ll feel pressured to get rid
of all the things that you really like then you’ll kind of just clutch on to
them even more and so it’s about finding the right balance between pushing
yourself and not pushing too hard so you have to be aware of that balance as you
go through your things I would start off by gathering all of your sentimental
items from all over your house or your apartment your whole space you might be
saving most of it in one location and then that’s easy but then just try to go
through other rooms and see if something might be hiding in a drawer or cupboard
somewhere and just lay it out on a bed on the floor and try to get an overview
and try dividing all of your stuff into different categories so you might have
photos you might have toys, clothes journals, teddy bears, and you might see
them when you start doing this that one or two piles are probably a lot bigger
than the rest of them If you have a really big pile of teddy
bears then you might not need to keep all of them if you have a whole bunch of
books or pictures then it might be time to get rid of some of them. It does not mean
you have to throw out all of them but just be aware that the bigger piles are
probably the area’s that you’re gonna have to sort through a little rougher so
the first time you do this you should be able to get rid of a good chunk so it
might be a toy that just ended up in your box that wasn’t even yours it might
be your sister so your brother’s. An empty journal or a really ugly picture
frame. Anything that was really just put in there kind of by mistake – set that
aside and then you can move on. A lot of times it’s a good idea to kind of divide
things into the things that you’re definitely keeping and the things that
you’re definitely getting rid of that should be like the easy stuff to get out
and then all the maybe stuff and that’s what gets kind of tricky something that
I did that might help you as well to get rid of some of the stuff in the maybe
pile is to actually take photos of it then you don’t have to use the space to
actually store all the things but you still have the memory of the items You can’t do this with everything but
when you look through your stuff you might be able to do this with quite a
lot more than you actually think! One thing you can try is also to ask other
people in your family if there’s something they want. So my sister she
wanted a puzzle and my mom she wanted this stuffed animal. So that makes it
easier for me to get rid of things when I know that they get them, and they really
appreciate them. I’m not just passing it on because I can’t throw it out. There
might be things in your box that have a lot of memories to other people in your
family as well. Don’t do this with all of your stuff just let them have a quick
glance when they’ve taken what they want get rid of the rest. Getting rid of your
sentimental items is of course emotional it’s hard going through all of your
things but you just have to pick up everything one at a time and just go
through and find out do I really want to keep this, what memories do I have
attached with it and does it make up for the space that I need to store it? So
sometimes bigger items might be easier to get rid of. I ended up actually saving
a lot of my teddy bears I kept a few of the really old ones like I have a
little dog that I’ve had since I was one I think it was my very first teddy bear
and I chose to keep that. It is a little big but I want it so it all depends on
what you want And remember you can downsize your
sentimental in different rounds so the first round get rid of all the easy stuff. It’s easier to get rid of clothes and stuff because you can always go
through it like: does it fit, is it out of style, is it too big, does it have holes
in it. But all of those rules kind of don’t apply to sentimental things you
kept them because you’re emotionally attached to it somehow and that’s why
this area is a lot more difficult than just going through your wardrobe or your
cupboards in your kitchen or something like that. So it’s really important to be
patient with yourself but at the same time keep this in mind that it’s just
stuff and most people just keep so much more than what actually brings them joy
or value in any way it’s a lot more enjoyable when you boil
it down to what really matters to you because then you also know that you have
what means something to you you don’t have all your old school papers and all
this junk piled in there. You might be one who actually wanted to save your
school papers I’m not that kind of person I think it took me about a year
to downsize my sentimental belongings what I would do was that I would have
the equivalent of maybe three moving boxes pretty big boxes and I would have
them under a bed and every two to three months I would drag them out and go
through the whole like all three of the boxes again and then as time went on I
was just like this is stupid Why am I still keeping this much stuff?
Usually the things that you store you see them maybe never maybe once every
ten years five years is usually just things in boxes put away. Attic, basement,
garage – anywhere and you don’t really see it so if you actually start bringing it
out every two to three months then you see it and then it’s easier for you to
realize do I still have some kind of connection to this thing or not? So you
might think in the beginning that oh I want to keep this but it might just be
the joy of seeing it again. But then as time goes on you realize it was just
nice to see it again but it doesn’t really have that much meaning to me. I
don’t have a lot of memories connected to this one specific item so I remember
I had maybe like seven small like porcelain figures and every time I
brought them out I was able to throw out one or two more. Because in the beginning
I was like: “Oh I’m so happy to see all these things again” and it did bring me a
lot of joy right then… But then every time I pulled it out I was able to see
that it was just the joy of seeing the idea of my porcelain figures again if
that makes sense it wasn’t this one it wasn’t this one but then I might have a
special memory to two or three of them and then I kept those. So I hope that
makes a little a sense and will help you in that
process In time, take out a box and focus on a
certain area. So what I did, one of the last things that I still had quite a few of, was my journals So I actually read through and skimmed through all of
them and it took quite a while but some of them I figured that some of them were
actually almost empty and some of them I was just emotionally ready to get rid of
those I’m a journal so I have a lot so losing a few of those journals is fine
and I still have a bunch of them but that process helped me. And also my
porcelain dolls I had a lot of them I think I had maybe like 20 or something
and in time it got easier for me I was like okay this is so stupid I have so
many of them so I think I kept three and it was all like presents or the first
one I got just some of the ones that I really cherished growing up and then the
other some one might have just given them to me and they were on a shelf and
they look pretty but I didn’t really need it so got rid of those in the end
and took up a lot less space with the ones that I kept. For me it always helps
to think of my motivation I don’t want to be tied down to stuff I want my
emotional attachment to stuff to be at a minimal. Not that it can’t be there but I want it as small as possible what I want is to travel I want experiences I want
to spend my money that way and if I choose to keep all of the stuff that I
had since I was little then I’d have to spend money storing all that stuff and I
don’t want that I want to travel so keeping the bigger picture can be really
beneficial when you have to downsize especially in this area I think it’s
also very important to just mention that people ask me all the time if I miss
anything if I regret throwing anything out and I
can honestly say I don’t I don’t miss any of it there’s been
a few practical things for the kitchen but I’ve been able to just go out and
get that again I don’t miss any of my sentimental things I really appreciate
the things and I’ve chosen to keep and I think that’s a really important point to
make that most the people I have talked to they don’t miss the things that they
threw out they hardly ever even think of them and I think taking your time
especially in this area is a big part of that Giving yourself time to do the
process it’s not as important when you’re dealing with a wardrobe or a
kitchen cupboard or whatever but with the sentimental things it’s good to take
your time so just put a mindset on that it’s gonna take a year it’s gonna take
six months and then just work your way through it bring it out periodically go
through it and push yourself but be gentle and respectful to yourself at the
same time and then I think at the end you’ll end up just like me not
regretting anything or just not missing any of it but I’m really curious to know
what are the hardest things for you to let go of and why do you think you hold
on to them. So if you want to share please share it down in the comments I
would love to hear it I love reading through you guys’s
comments and every time you comment it means so much to me and I love when new
people are just checking in and saying hi! It means the world to me, thank you!
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