Posted by: Ellen Hankes | August 4, 2008

How Can I Keep All the Really Important Stuff?

We all want to keep the Really Important Stuff. The difference is that individuals have different thresholds of Thing-Importance.

Because of different value systems and life experiences, the meaning attached to each thing varies with the emotional significance we give it.

Here is an example: For years I have kept some handwritten notes from my kids. The paper on which they are written is not valuable in itself but the sentiment each note conveys is priceless.

Think about the things you keep and why you keep them. One of my favorite books is Making Peace with the Things in Your Life: Why Your Papers, Books, Clothes, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You–and What to Do About It by Cindy Glovinsky. It is not a light read so be prepared to soul-search your relationship with things.

How do you determine what is important to keep? I would like to hear your ideas.

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