CF Tip: Collect Moments Not Things

I saw this quote today and thought it was very appropriate for us Control Freaks, pretty much the message that we are continually preaching:  Collect Moments Not Things.  So what does that mean?  Fairly simple, hold on to your memories not your crap, clutter, stuff!

For many people, the origin of their clutter is SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT.  The memories a person associates with an item can act as a ball and chain.  Now I’m not saying you need to part with every sentimental item you own, but let’s be honest, we all have clutter hiding in our attic, basement, and/or closet that serves us NO purpose but to collect dust.  I bet you wouldn’t even know these items are missing because you never go to look at them unless you accidentally stumble upon them when cleaning or moving.  And the same thing happens each time you say “I should throw this out”, but you sit and reminiscence for 20 minutes and can’t bear to part with it.

Sounds kind of silly when you say it out loud, because it is!  I’m not trying to be harsh, but get rid of your junk.  You will not forget the memory or moment it represents.  That will stay with you forever.  Besides the fact that clutter takes up space and looks disorderly, sometimes these items can hold you back from moving on.  Remember, you can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.  Here are a few tips of how you can hold onto the moment and not the things:

  1. Take a picture of the item and add it to a photo album.  You can even journal about the moment so you can never forget what it represents.
  2. Depending on the size of the item, if it’s a card, a poem, a picture, etc. Frame it!  Create a gallery wall in your home that represents some of your fondest memories that you will see daily, not once every 10 years when you stumble across the clutter.
  3. If it is something in good condition such as clothing, shoes, housewares, but you don’t want to trash it then donate it.  Someone else will appreciate it and build their own memories, (one man’s trash is another’s treasure)
  4. If you can’t part with the item then create a Memory Box. Purchase an acid free box storage box (helps preserve items over time), but stick to the fact that you can only have ONE box.  This will manage your clutter from expanding.

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