Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Things I Can't Let Go {Mommy Nostalgia}

When I was growing up, you might say I had a mild hoarding problem.  Everything seemed sentimental to me-- old photo negatives, dozens of stuffed animals, clothes I still "might" wear someday.  Underneath my bed, you might find piles of old magazines, essays I had written years ago, and receipts I would never look at.  When I was about 14, I remember getting very angry at my mom for giving away my long lost Teddy Ruxpin that I hadn't played with in about 10 years.

Something in me switched in my 20's when I joined in the popular past-time of clutter-clearing.  Nothing was safe:  old newspapers, half-burned candles, unworn pants, random textbooks I had hung on to since high school.  I even threw out a bunch of old photos that hadn't made it into albums.

However, with my kids, I find myself slipping back into my old ways.  There are certain objects I simply cannot seem to part with.

Here are my Top 3...

My son's first pair of winter boots.

Baby blankets.

Tiny coats and jackets.

What about you?  Are you constantly on top of clearing the clutter, or do you hang on to things indefinitely?

~Julia @ Frantic Mama

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  1. I try really hard to clear out the clutter but I'm a packrat by nature. I have an old post on my blog about this actually... all the random things I found when I got ready to move out to Colorado. One of the best things I ever did was hire a professional organizer. Our house is too small to have a lot of memorabilia or things we don't use. It was life changing... not even exaggerating. I thought personal organizers were for people who have money to burn but for us, it was totally worthwhile. The best part was, when she asked my husband if he really needed to keep something, he could say "no" without feeling defensive or getting into a power struggle (which is what he does with me).

    1. A packrat! That made me laugh b/c my mom used to call me that and I hadn't heard anyone say it for years :). A professional organizer sounds like a very smart way to get some control over "stuff" without as much stress. I'll have to remember that idea!

  2. I LOVE this post!! I relate in so many ways... We have a Blog Love post today on our blog that we posted this on. Just wanted to give you a heads up!
    Can't wait to keep reading!

    1. Wow, thanks so much for sharing! I'm off to check out your site now :).

  3. I like keeping my kids little hats. So cute and small. But I confess I do have several draws of cute blankets and little clothes I just couldn't part with. :-) I have collections of old journals buried away in the cupboards and like you, essays I am just not sure what to do with.

    1. Little hats! Yes! Me too. I'm sure I'll part with some of them some day, but right now, they are stuffed on a high shelf in our hall closet...

  4. Oh my goodness... I have a (small) tote full of my kids' clothes that I can. not. let. go. of. I have most of Munchkin's old shoes (part sentimental, part practicality - Elf will wear some of them, like the boots) and I kept a few of their baby blankets. I have to figure out what to do with the clothes. (One suggestion has been make baby blankets from them.)

    When Munchkin was born, my MIL gave me a stack of things that my husband had worn as a baby. My kids have worn exactly two items. And those two things are great and I'm glad to have them... but I was kind of annoyed with all the "stuff" she dumped (and continues to dump) on me, and I don't want to pull the same trick on a future DIL.

    On the non-children front... I have all these pins and certificates and letters (for a letter jacket) from High School. I have no idea what to do with them. Will my kids want to see them one day? Will they just be annoyed if they have to sort through it when I die? And even if I did get rid of them... what would I do with them?! I have a few other things like that too... not sure what to do with them and they're not valuable or sentimental to anyone except me.

    1. Haha, oh I understand the pile of old high school stuff. When my mom moved, she kept sending me BOXES full of ribbons, high school memorabilia, and knick knacks. It was nice of her not to throw it all away, but it felt like such a chore to go through them. I tossed a lot of it. I saved the books and found old bookshelves to store them on. I saved some sports awards/ribbons for my kids to play with. But I still have some stuff crowding our basement that I can't quite throw away, but I don't have room to display...


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