Which mementos from my childhood should I keep?
December 5, 2011 11:52 AM Subscribe
Please help me, I'm overwhelmed with stuff. I have way too much stuff in general and I'm making a real effort to get rid of as much as possible. I did a massive storage closet clean out over the weekend and I discovered that my mom set aside five large boxes of things from my childhood for me. What should I keep?
posted by tinamonster to home & garden (28 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I'm having a lot of trouble deciding what is worth the storage space since none of it falls into the "useful" category that my brain understands. I personally would not be sad to see nearly all of it go but I am happy to hold onto a few things for the benefit of my future children. Please help me predict what will be most meaningful to them.
I've pulled out all of the photos and I'll be keeping those. There are a couple of stuffed animals that still can evoke an emotional reaction so that's easy enough. But there's a ton of other stuff that I don't really have a strong connection to. I'm worried that I might change my mind when I have kids myself. Should I keep my christening gown? My future child(ren) will not be christened so it's of no practical use. What about any of the several "occasion" dresses from when I was a baby/toddler?
I'm pretty much decided that I don't need more than one of the many dolls my mom kept since I was always more into legos. Do I need to keep the report cards, awards, artwork, homework assignments and such or is photographing/scanning them sufficient? I come from a sewing/knitting family so I have probably 8-10 blankets and probably two boxes of handmade clothing items and dolls. Do I choose one handmade item from each person?
Aside from the several specific questions that I have above any personal examples of stuff your parents kept that was special to you would be helpful.