Bingo!! And if we're crazy enough to think that our kids want our "treasures," it's always a good data point to just ask them. Not "hey DD, you certainly will want my praised beanie baby collection when I pass, won't you?" More like, "hey DD, I'm not sure I want to keep this stuff around anymore; do you want me to save any of it for you?" Best scenario is they want it and will take it home with them that same day! Yeah, I'm dreaming. If it ain't cash or easily converted to cash, they probably won't want it.delamer wrote: ↑Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:20 amIf I am at all on the fence about tossing something , the first question that I ask myself is “Is there any chance my kids will want these?”FIREchief wrote: ↑Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:29 amI'll place the first vote for "toss them." Granted, I may not be the most sentimental guy, but those things will eventually be tossed and it's just a matter of when. I'm sure I have my own high school and college diplomas somewhere, but they may be tossed in the next iteration of decluttering. Sure, I worked really hard for four years for that college STEM degree. Does that paper bring me any joy/pleasure/happiness? Or, just PTSD? At the end of the day, there just isn't much of this kind of "stuff" that will ever be used for anything.sleepwell wrote: ↑Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:05 pm I find this topic to be of huge interest as I have been the one in my extended family designated to take charge of bits of family history. I don't view these items as a burden but I don't want to leave them for my kids to sort through, either. I have postcards and letters which my grandfather wrote to my grandmother during WWI. I have my grandmother's HS diploma which is over 100 years old and other similar documents. I have baptismal dresses which belonged to my aunts (who are now deceased) and two of my mother's baby dresses which are probably 95 years old. Of course there are old books, old china, old glassware, photos, etc.
While I am not concerned with the old china and glassware, does anyone have suggestions on what to do with some of the other items? I don't know that my adult children want them but I hate to toss things like the diplomas and baptismal records.
And the answer is always no.
I recently decluttered our way out of a five bedroom house and into a two bedroom apartment. Really hard work. It's left me highly committed to avoid future clutter accumulation. I'm also planning to do periodic sweeps of what we kept to look for more opportunities to get rid of crap. It's out there, I just have to do it.