Cleaning Out Memories

It’s one thing to toss out extra bowls and spatulas when you are decluttering. It’s quite another to throw out letters, beloved possessions and personal history.

Part of the problem is that others don’t know the history of your treasured items. They don’t know that the red and white mittens are the last thing that your mother made for you or that the ring made from a paper clip is your first promise ring from your husband or that ancient teacup was your granny’s. They just don’t know.

But should they? After all, your memories are not theirs. Are they?

Anyway, here is a mini guide to sorting through memories.

  1. Ask individuals what they would like to have.
  2. Ignore their answer and leave it to them anyway, because they will change their mind when you pass. (You do have control over the items in your home!)
  3. Save the most special thing of many from Aunt Matilda.
  4. Does it make you smile in remembrance? (Save that one!)
  5. Put the item in a place of honor, not in a shoe box in a corner.
  6. Most of all, pray that your loved ones will follow the faith you set before them, Jesus.

I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

(1 Corinthians 2:2)

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