It’s that simple. Take photos of everything you hold onto that has sentimental value and document it. Open up online storage, like the cloud for example or a service like Dropbox. For me this step comes in handy with my children’s artwork. There’s just no possible way to save every single cotton ball creation my children bring home. On top of that the storage containers start to add up, and before you know it you need a storage unit for artwork alone.
I started taking photos of all of my children’s artwork throughout the year, and store it in an art folder on my Dropbox. I plan on going back through and making books of their artwork, but might wait until they’re a little older.
By taking photos of your sentimental items, you allow yourself to still go back and reminisce, without the physical mess.
2. WRITE ABOUT IT.
This step is kind of a branch off of the first step, however think about how many times you actually write something down? We often times don’t because we have the physical item there with us so therefore the word documentation isn’t needed. I also realize it’s not necessarily a great idea to start a collection of notebooks and journals, because that’s just the start of a never ending collection. Look into the digital world to relieve you of the pages. There are so many free options out there when it comes to blogging on an online journal. Write about your vacations, special celebrations like birthdays, I mean I could easily start a blog off of the crazy things my children say.
3. SHARE THE ITEM.
Right now I currently have over 25 bins of my great grandmothers fabric. A few of those still remain in our basement, and the remainder are not residing in our garage. They storage boxes take us so much space, and I’ve struggled with trying to sell them because deep down I’m like, “You can’t just let this go, these remnants are from a woman who made her own clothes and quilts. However, I realized pretty quickly that sewing just isn’t in my genes, and while I can appreciate the art of creating with fabric, it personally just isn’t for me.
So instead of holding onto boxes and boxes of antique fabric, I’ve been on the hunt to find an avid sewing who enjoys quilting in their past time. This will assist me in freeing up some much needed space, and will give someone else the ability to create something beautiful. It’s a win-win.
I’ve mentioned a few of the next things in my previous posts revolved around minimalism, but wanted to reiterate a few key points that are important to remember when you’re struggling with your journey to minimalism and letting things go.