Sentimental Items

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sentimental items are items that tend not to have a purpose besides bringing back an attached memory with it. It could be a t-shirt from a favorite concert, a knickknack your Grandma got for you on vacation or even a handwritten note from a long lost friend.

When starting your journey into simplicity and minimalism, it may be difficult getting a handle of your sentimental items. In fact, this is an area I've struggled with in the past and sometimes still do.

I've never been a collector of knickknacks, but I was actively a collector of emotional items such as handwritten cards or notes from the people I love. I've gotten much better than where I was before. I would have boxes filled with pretty much every card or note I've received. I kept these with the intention of eventually rereading them. But did I? Not really, I had too many "cherished" items! It was truly just wasted space.

I've updated my methods in keeping my sentimental items. I'll keep a card or a note briefly on my fridge or display it elsewhere for about a week. If after a week, it truly means something to me, I put it in a hardcover journal I use for art journaling. The notes that make the cut have to be very special to me. I have these notes and other positive reminders when I need an emotional pick me up. Art journaling is also a therapeutic outlet for me, so I do get a few benefits.

If you're interested in getting rid of emotional items, here are a few questions I ask myself:
"Does this item still bring me joy?"
"Will I regret getting rid of this item?"
"Can this item help someone else more than it helps me?"

Remember, it's okay to keep sentimental items if they bring you joy and good memories. Like anything incorporating simplicity and minimalism, it's up to you to find out what works for you.

Simply Yours,


  1. I found that taking a picture of letters and sentimental items (and backing them up!) allows me the best of both worlds. I can have my cake, and eat it too!

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  3. Unless your wife spends hours on a handmade project ;)

  4. We definitely like different cake :)