I appreciate your point of view and see merit and value to it. BUT, I am much older than you and have a different perspective. Most of my life is spent and most of my family gone. My treasure is an old egg bucket that my grandmother used when I was a child as we walked hand and hand into her hen house to gather eggs. There is the orange carnival glass dish from my other grandma, and the beautiful marble topped sideboard from my late in-laws.....wonderful crocks and spatter ware from my Mother, every piece is a memory of someone dear to me. It is a beautiful and comforting trove of treasure. So give it a little thought if you are looking at tossing something from someone that was given with love, and good luck to you.I agree, lilycatherine, some items do have sentimental value. I have quite a few of them too.
I am 29 and I value my past. The carefully chosen things I keep show my commitment to continuing family traditions and keeping memories alive. What I am learning is:
I value what I have more when there is less of it.
I also understand that not everyone is ready or willing to sort through everything in their house. The purpose of sharing my story has been to stir the pot. And to show by example that living with less isn't a sacrifice. Choosing to live with less is a mindful evaluation of stuff and the social norms surrounding the accumulation of stuff.
My quest to reduce what I own by one third isn't about sending heirlooms to Goodwill. I'm more interested in removing the cheap plastic items from my life; the half melted spatulas, the plates from Target, clothes that don't fit.
If I have family items I'm not using, I am offering them back to my family before donating them. It gives our family a chance to discus each item and think about why we have kept it and make a decision rather than passively letting clutter build up.
I hope the things we donate go to a families that needs them and will put these objects to good use; much better than sitting forgotten in my cabinets.