Some life event occurs which prompts you to downsize your possessions in order to live more simply. You decide to start with your adult son’s childhood-through-college items since he moved out several years ago. Most of the items you’ve held onto have sentimental value to you.
1. I purchased 5 Sterilite 25-quart containers to sort his items into.
2. I gathered up all of his possessions...left behind when he moved out...from the attic, closets, and shelves.
3. I decided on his 5 categories and sorted the items into the 5 tubs: stuffed animals, and baby quilts fashioned by family members; special toys and children’s books; other books; school-related papers such as certificates of achievement and report cards, etc.; and photos and his baby book.
4. The filled containers stacked neatly into one corner of a spare closet until I delivered them to my son a few months ago when he and his small family moved into a larger town home.
5. My minimalist son quickly decided what to keep for his young son and himself; the rest became a donation.
Perhaps the moral of this story is to check with your children first as it seems they have a much easier time of letting go of mementos that we held onto for years and years for sentimental or other reasons.