For Memories Sake – Take a Picture

photographerWhen it comes to getting rid of clutter around the house we often get stuck on those items that were handed down from our families. It sits on a shelf somewhere and collects dust and every so often we notice it and it makes us think about the memories of when we were younger. It may even represent the memories of an elder who has passed and it just seems almost morbid to get rid of it. These are called attachments and we all have them. There is nothing wrong with having attachments as they usually remind us of love.

Most of the time we manage to acquire these items when loved ones pass and family members gather those items that were most dear to their hearts. Over the years we could manage to collect many of these items and it can become overwhelming. I have known people through the De-cluttering process to place these items in boxes and put them in their attics, basements or even storage. Hey, they may be worth something someday.

I have found a technique that works well for me is to simply take a picture of this item and get rid of it. It is really not the item that I am attached to it is the memory. I will take these pictures and place them in a folder on my computer labeled, “Memories”. I may even include old pictures of that particular person who has left us. Whenever I think about that person I can simply turn to my computer and view those pictures. I find that it brings me much closer to those great memories even more than having that item in my house.

The detachment process is never easy and I have learned that placing these items in a box and labeling the box, “Yard Sale Items” and keeping them for 30 days helps with anxiety. If after 30 days I don’t miss the item, I know that it is free to go.

This is just one type of attachment we have with items. We know that becoming a minimalist requires that we need to clear our homes of all items that do not serve us or bring us great joy. How many other attachments to we have with items? Wedding gifts that we will never use? Gifts from other people that we really don’t want, but don’t have the heart to get rid of? Could we save these memories in pictures?

With today’s technologies it is possible to put these pictures of memories on a thumb drive, plug it into the TV and view during family gatherings. In fact all members of the family could do the same thing and create a family collection of memories to share. Wow, talk about a way to create some great conversation. You could even go one step further by emailing a picture of an item to other family members and asking them to write about what that item means to them and maybe even start a family blog… What items do you have laying around your home? Hey, Take a Picture!

My blood sugar is creeping back down again, but is still too high for my liking. My weight is also coming down. I would love to say that I learned my lesson with carbohydrates, but I know that there will be times again when I will be battling these cravings, give into them and then bitch and complain about it. And such is life.

Blood Sugar – 121, Weight – 169.4

Bowflex- LEGS
Squats- 310- 18, 16, 15
Calf Raises- 310- 20, 18, 16

Breakfast- FASTING
Lunch- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon, 2 Sausage
Dinner- Chicken, Broccoli

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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2 Responses to For Memories Sake – Take a Picture

  1. Tip-Tastic TAS says:

    Well done on dropping your blood sugar! 🙂 I have boxes of memories in my mum’s loft that I just can’t throw away even though I haven’t clapped eyes on them for years. She’s looking to move soon so that might be my opportunity…yikes!

  2. Reblogged this on SERreal Designs and commented:
    I love this post. It’s a painful reminder for me personally that I really need to get rid of things I’ve been keeping for sentimental reasons. It’s just so darned hard! I guess I’m overly sentimental, haha. Great job!

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