When it comes to our stuff we all have a degree of emotional attachment, hence we have stuff. When it becomes a problem is when we have a story or a history for every item we own. From our high school jacket to a dried flower; we have a “good” reason to hold onto this item. If we hold onto everything we will soon be overrun with stuff. We cannot hold onto everything so we have to start to prioritize what has more meaning than others; what is more important to keep than something else. There is no right or wrong way to prioritize as long as it make sense to you and you feel you are keeping items that have the most memories for you. A few ways to keep things without it taking up so much space:
You can take pictures of your items. Make a slideshow for your computers screen saver. Make a collage and frame it in a room so you can experience the memories on a daily basis. You can get a large electronic picture frame for the wall and see your memories constantly.
A shadow box is another cool way to display items from a certain genre or event. This will allow you to honour this time and not keep things in a box collecting dust.
Ask yourself if keeping items in a box in storage is valuing said items? Are you honouring the person or memory when you do this? It is ok to have a “keepsake” box that you can have on display and open up and go through the contents from time to time, but to keep things in a box and under the stairs for safe keeping is not really a positive way of holding onto memories.
Get creative and think outside the box, literally; and honour your memories and loved ones. At the end of the day, your emotional attachment to things will not go away so organize and keeping them is the best way to do it.