- expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia: a sentimental song.
- pertaining to or dependent on sentiment : We kept the old photograph for purely sentimental reasons.
- weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender: the sentimental Victorians.
Everyone has items that they keep for sentimental reasons. Maybe because they were given to them by a special person or remind them of the past. My sentimental items are in a drawer under my bed. After putting it off for a long time, I finally decided to go for it and tackle these items. I haven’t looked through them for a very long time so I’d forgotten how “sentimental” I am.
Such as the bag crammed with every Birthday, Christmas, good luck, with sympathy, Easter and “Yay you passed your driving test!” card that I have received since I was 16. I’m now 25. Seriously, why did I keep them all? I kept one that was sent to me by my late Nanna, just so I can remember what her handwriting looked like (Is that weird?) and the rest went. So that was pretty painless. Moving on to the shoe box of random tat that I collected as a child and can’t seem to part with.
Where to start… Here is a list of things from the box that I managed to get rid of without much deliberation.
- A Team GB teddy key ring from the 2004 Olympics
- A medal I got for doing a charity run
- Several rubber charity bracelets that I used to wear all the way up one arm but haven’t worn for several years
- A wooden puzzle that I made in woodwork class at school (One of those when the challenge is to separate the three linked pieces of wood) Except I cut the holes too big so it wasn’t much of a challenge, in fact it was more difficult to get the thing to stay together!
- Two “Personal Survival” swimming badges. That’s the one when they make you jump into the pool wearing your pyjamas and collect rubber bricks from the bottom.
- Four conkers covered in glittery nail varnish
- My cycling proficiency badge that I earned at school when I was 10
- Several random bookmarks
- A couple of friendship bracelets (Can’t remember who made them for me…)
- A commemorative medal and a mug with the Queen on it, from her Golden Jubilee in 2002
- A pair of high heels made out of icing, that were on top of my 18th birthday cake
- A bag full of marbles that I bought on a school trip when I was 9
- A few rubber bouncy balls
- A couple of photo key rings
- A Mr Men book
- My first piggy bank
I am keeping a cup that was given to me on my Christening and a giant seashell that I found on the beach when I was 8. That’s it so I ditched the shoe box too. I can’t understand why I kept these things! Maybe I’m just lazy and shoving them in a box under the bed was easier than sorting through them? Maybe they were sentimental to me at the time but my feelings have changed as I’ve grown?
I wish that was the end of it now but there’s one more thing in that drawer under the bed. A folder crammed with photos and things from secondary school. That’s a whole other story and I’m hoping to tackle that tomorrow. If anyone has any tips about dealing with items that are full of memories (not necessarily good memories either) and are difficult to deal with, please comment below.
In my last post, I talked about my growing interest in minimalism. I decided to make a Minimalism Action Plan (or MAP for short, which is kinda appropriate really!) It is still a work in progress and might get changed but for now, here is what I plan to do.
- Go through everything in my room. I did this a couple of months ago but I’m going to revisit the things that I kept last time that I wasn’t sure about. If I haven’t used it in those 2 months it’s going!
- Tackle the sentimental stuff. When I said I went through everything last time, I lied. I left the drawer under my bed because it is full of sentimental stuff. Photos, birthday/Christmas cards, a souvenir from a school trip when I was 9… A commemorative mug with the Queen on it from her Golden Jubilee in 2002… Other crap that I have kept for no logical reason, you get the idea.
- Decide what is most important to me. Minimalism is about making time and space for the important things, I just need to decide what those are.
- Revisit my capsule wardrobe. After my first declutter I drastically reduced my wardrobe. Time to go back, see what I’ve worn and what I haven’t and see if its working for me.
There are other things I need to work on too. I had a job interview this week and I was really nervous. I decided that none of the tops in my capsule wardrobe were suitable for this particular interview and went on a shopping spree. I scoured every shop and found nothing that I wanted to incorporate into my capsule wardrobe. At least I remembered to stick to the system and didn’t just buy something for the sake of it! So I returned home, tried on 4 tops with my black trousers, thinking about the pros and cons of each and finally chose one.
In reality any of the 4 tops would have been fine, there was no need for my manic shopping spree. I was nervous, overthinking and tried to seek comfort/confidence from a new purchase. I’m glad I didn’t. In the end my interview went well (I think/hope!) and my choice of outfit wouldn’t have made a huge difference, as long as I looked presentable.
So the plan is to tackle the bullet points above and no more panicky, unnecessary shopping trips! If anyone has any tips for avoiding those, I’d love to read them. Please leave them below in the comments.