Here we are again folks. Another instalment of my minimalist Journey series.
This time I’ll be looking at the sentimental category. This includes things like keepsakes and photographs.
Now the first line in this chapter of the book is ‘Your parents home is not a safe haven for your keepsakes.’ Now considering that at the time of writing this I still live with my parents this statement is in fact the opposite, since I also live here. But should things work out the way I hope they will I will not be living with my parents by the end of the year, I get the sentiment.
What Konmari basically saying here is that moving your clutter from one place to another, isn’t really decluttering. I know for a fact that there are a lot of my junk from through the year in the loft…trouble is if I can find any of it that would be a miracle in it’s self. So I understand the sentiment even if the wording doesn’t quite fit my circumstances quite yet.
The sentimental category includes a lot of things, that birthday card your first love sent you? to that photograph of your dead Hamster, and suviourner’s from your holidays. It’s honestly quite a large category and if I’m being really honest a hard one. it’ taken me 3 days to go through all of my keep sakes and let me tell you I was an emotional wreck from start to finish. I’ve actually forgotten to take pictures of the before and progress of this category for that reason. But I can tell you that before starting this process I had ten boxes sitting under my bed filled with keepsakes and photographs and I managed to whittle it down to one box of photographs and one box for keepsakes as well as a few ornaments that have stayed on my DvD shelves. As shown below.
I didn’t think a decluttering process would be emotional but in deciding if a keepsake is still worth while not only brings up the memories you have of that item but the person and the memory associated with it. I found that the process was rather cathartic for me as it allowed me to let go of a lot of old memories that were perhaps holding me down and looking at some items brought a smile to my face and reminded me of people that I hadn’t thought about in a while and actually made me get in touch with an old friend that I’d lost touch with.
I feel that for this category there isn’t much advise I can give anyone since it is such a personal thing. but I do advise taking your time with it. depending on where you are in you life decluttering in this category will mean different things for different people. for me it’s very much meant letting go of my childhood and in away accepting that I was in fact an adult. for someone else it might mean something else.
In terms of sorting photographs specifically I’ll reiterate what Konmari suggests and advice going through them one by one. sure I’ll take some time, but I can assure you that the photographs that remain are the ones that will touch your heart the most and the ones that you are most likely to pull out form time to time when you want a nostalgic kick.
I can’t really stress how much this particular section of decluttering affected me, ad it is perhaps shown in the rambling nature of this post but its been a process that I am still struggling to put into words and something that I think really has to be experienced for be able to really understand what Konmari means in this chapter or her book.