Have you ever had to go through old items from your childhood, and you weren’t really sure what to keep and what to toss? Sometimes one of the hardest things you can do is donate an item that has some of your first memories attached to it.
Today, I went through some old items with Adrienne. Right now we’re waiting for a better sense of how we should store some of the items, but we’re hoping to repurpose and create Etsy-esque crafts and artwork with them soon.
Here’s a few tips I’ve developed for myself to help us all out with this not-so-fun process:
What’s the sentimental value? An item is good to keep when it has been passed down from generations and can still be worn or used. That last part is the big catch. It’s always good to take a step back and really try to think about whether you’re attached to the item, or the memory you have from a time in your life when that item was important. In that case, it’s sometimes better to take a picture of it and toss/donate the actual item.
How much is it worth? Now this is a question I’m interested in. Have you ever heard of those lucky yard sale pickers that found some item worth a crazy amount more than they paid for it? Check your items, friends! Find someone in your area who’s familiar with that type of item or search online to see if it’s worth selling on ebay, Craigslist, or even a site like garagesale.com. If finding places to sell these items is daunting, put them in a well labeled bin, and wait until my future post on hosting a garage sale and getting rid of unwanted items 🙂 Baby steps!
Is is useful or can it be repurposed? This is an important one. Sometimes people mistake useful items for trash when they need just a little pick-me-up. Browse Pinterest and ask friends how they make use of that item. Would you still enjoy seeing it every day? If it’s been in a box all year in the attic and you haven’t thought about it once (and have no “there it is!” moment when you see it), it may be time to say goodbye..
Would someone else benefit from having it? This is an important one. Yes, those beanie babies were worth $___ in 1995 but would someone else actually enjoy them outside of their plastic container? Some ideas may include giving them to children in the hospital, Goodwill, a dog…The options are endless! All it takes is some time to really sit down and think about how much someone else would benefit from some of the things you never use.
So, what have we determined? This process is hard. I myself have an excel spreadsheet with 64 board games to sort through. I have until October when my parents come up here to give me which ones I want (or else they’ll be donated).
64 GUYS. Hi, my name is Lindsay and I have a board game problem. *Gulp*
Next weekend is my big vacation to Florida for the year, and how lucky that I planned my hurricane buddy Isaac to be there for me when I arrive. Let’s hope it goes well (if it even “goes”!)
Touchè to everyone who kept up with this post today. It was a doozy. And for that, I give you a throwback photo and another collage.