Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Don't Be Possessive

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Don't Be Possessive

Article excerpt

IF POSSESSIONS are jamming up your home, it's time to de-clutter.

Your child's artwork. Your grandmother's pink-and-white ceramic pig. The autumn leaf your first love gave you in 1979. While these things are very meaningful to us, we are running out of room to keep them.

So how do we decide which of these mementoes we can ditch, donate or dare to keep?

The art of purging with abandon is to sort through our belongings and get rid of things that have little or no connection to our treasures or triumphs.

It includes finding a place for those heirlooms and sentimental items that connect us to family and friends, to memories of special moments and, as they say, the way we were.

Professional organiser Debreen Oliva suggests tackling a project C[pounds sterling]in stages, beginning with the easier tasks: getting rid of the obvious trash, broken, worn, unusable items, duplicates, things of that sort''.

And then finding a place for all those items that pave a nice trip down memory lane.

So hang on to it if:

It's worth a thousand words

The digital age has made it possible to keep your photos in a teeny tiny space. You can scan the best ones or get a company to scan them for you for just a few cents an image.

Some websites walk you through every step of creating an affordable photo book, from uploading and organising photos to adding captions.

And remember to keep family snapshots in acid-free archival albums to make sure they'll be in happy-to-hand-down condition for generations to come.

It's sentimental gold

When you save only the artwork you love, you're increasing its value. Consider taking photos of your kids holding their artwork and school presentations and print them in a photo book. This is not only a great way to remember them at a certain age and time but lasts much longer than cotton balls glued to construction paper. …

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