There are many benefits to downsizing and decluttering your apartment. Less clutter means your space will look cleaner and tidier, which will make home life easier and more comfortable. The movement to minimize and be a minimalist is becoming more and more popular. Although keepsakes, souvenirs and mementos take up space in your home, some keepsakes should never be thrown out, even when you’re decluttering.
Reminders of very positive life experiences, adventures, triumphs, important life milestones or reminders of life achievements are all the types of keepsakes worth keeping. Similarly, irreplaceable items that belonged to a deceased family member should always be kept and treasured. Keepsakes are often items that are irreplaceable, and something that cannot be replaced is often something that should not be discarded. It can be tempting to throw things away when we want to declutter and tidy our home, but you should avoid getting rid of things that you may regret getting rid of. Here are 6 keepsakes that should never be thrown out:
- High School Yearbooks
High school yearbooks are definitely worth keeping, and they should earn a permanent spot on your bookshelf. Not only do they have special photos from high school, but you also probably got your yearbook signed by your classmates. That means your yearbook will have sentimental, cherished messages and notes from your friends – some of whom you’re still friends with today. A yearbook is like a time capsule that captured all of the important memories for you. Since you don’t want to forget your high school years, you definitely shouldn’t throw away a yearbook.
- College Apparel
Sentimental clothing such as apparel from the college you went to should be kept. For example, the custom fraternity clothing or sorority clothing that you got when you joined your fraternity or sorority is the type of sentimental clothing you should hold on to. You should keep things like this because it’s a reminder of college life, and your college years probably hold some of the best memories of your life. If you joined a brotherhood or sisterhood in the form of a fraternity or sorority, you probably want to remember the bond you shared, the adventures you experienced, and the activities you participated in.
- Trophies and Awards
If you have trophies from your days as an all-star athlete, awards from art competitions or writing competitions, or certificates from being on the honor roll in college, you shouldn’t throw these keepsakes away. In addition to trophies and awards, you should also keep things that represent an accomplishment such as your framed degree that you earned from graduating college, and your graduation cap itself. These are both memories and symbols of achievement. It’s special to have something in your home that sparks a positive memory of a proud achievement.
- Souvenir from Your First Solo Trip
When you travel solo for the first time, you learn a lot about yourself and you always remember the experience. If you have a souvenir from your first solo travel experience, always keep it. A keepsake that represents an epic life adventure such as this is always worth keeping. Luckily, a souvenir from traveling somewhere in the world can be both a keepsake and an interesting piece of home décor. For example, if your first solo trip was to Malta, your souvenir might be a vase from Mdina in the form of their famous blown glass vases. There are plenty of travel souvenirs that double as home décor, which makes it even more worth keeping.
- Love Letters or Special Cards
Love letters, even from an ex, should be kept because it’s so rare to receive a love letter. You don’t have to keep all of them if you don’t want to, but keep the most special letters that hold the most meaning and say the most special things. Similarly, you don’t have to keep every birthday card your mother or father ever gave you, but keep the birthday cards that hold the most special messages from your mother or father.
- Family Heirlooms
You should never throw away family heirlooms. Not only are they potentially valuable (vintage watches and jewelry is valuable) but they also are irreplaceable. Your grandfather’s watch or your grandmother’s pearls are something you should always keep even if you don’t wear it. These items can be passed down to your children, as special family heirlooms are meant to be passed down from generation to generation.