Heirlooms & Detritus

As I’m cur­rently en­gaged in my bi­en­nial deep-clean of my house, I’m con­cen­trat­ing on get­ting rid of things that I don’t ac­tively use. It’s an as­sort­ment of the usual stuff, clothes I bought, books I no longer want, etc. Disposing of that stuff is pretty easy, but this year I’m con­cen­trat­ing on the stuff I’ve been haul­ing around in boxes for years; stuff that just sits, tak­ing up space. Mostly ma­te­rial mem­o­ries.

I haven’t worn my Notre Dame mono­gram jacket in a decade. Do I re­ally need to keep it? I have my baby china. I have no mem­ory of ever eat­ing off of it. Do I re­ally need to keep it? Do I re­ally need to save my year­books, my col­lec­tion of bat­tle­ship draw­ings, my base­ball cards, my com­plete set of un­opened Star Wars Episode I Lego? What’s mine & spe­cial to me I will keep, and it’s mostly small, or dig­i­tized. Photos, my na­tional cham­pi­onship ring, my first sto­ries. There are also items that have been handed down to me that I care for: my grandpa’s cuf­flinks, my grandma’s po­etry, some of my mom’s an­tiques, quilt­ing & needle­work.

I’m hav­ing trou­ble dis­cern­ing the line be­tween what I want to save, what I don’t care about, and what my son might want years from now. And, I re­ally, re­ally, re­ally don’t want to haul around gi­ant plas­tic tubs for the next 30 years that are a per­sonal li­brary of my life as a child.

File this un­der: Crap that I don’t want but don’t know how to get rid of.

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