Minimalism is a growing trend these days as people become tired of managing all of their stuff. When we downsize, we start to see the beauty in having more time for things and people that matter in our lives rather than constantly managing our belongings. This applies to all areas of our lives and homes. People can downsize their wardrobe, the kids toys, unused furniture, and yes, even memories.
If you’re downsizing, getting rid of things you want to keep doesn’t necessarily accomplish anything, especially when there is a memory attached. However, most would agree that staring at boxes and boxes of stuff that never sees the light of day gets to be tiresome. It just feels like one more thing you need to do that, let’s face it, is never going to actually be done.
It’s amazing the feeling that you get when you get rid of things you don’t need. We don’t even realize the toll our belongings take on us until they are gone. A weight you don’t know you’re carrying is lifted when you get rid of things you don’t need or use. Donate them, throw them out, repurpose them, etc.
This includes your photos, particularly the ones you have sitting around in boxes. Go through your photos. If you want all of those memories – every single one – then keep them! If they are precious to you, take them out of those dusty old boxes and do something with them so you can revisit them. It’s a shame to let precious memories sit unseen. For those photos you really do want but can’t figure out how to keep, I can help you decide on a creative solution for making use of your photos.
What about the ones that you come across that don’t exactly spark any sort of memory or feeling? Do you hold on to those ones anyway, in case you may decide one day you may want them? Are you saving pictures you aren’t necessarily fond of- just because they show someone else? Are you afraid it would hurt someone if you threw away a picture of them?
For those photos that you aren’t attached to, know that it’s ok to let them go. Holding on to stuff that you don’t care for feels burdensome. It creates clutter and confusion.
Filtering out the photos that are especially precious to you makes them more accessible through the muddled mess of those that aren’t. It’s ok to be deliberate about highlighting your memories – especially the important ones.
For the important ones you want to keep, I’ll help you turn them into something beautiful that you can see. That way, you can see your memories rather than dusty old boxes.