One way to determine what to keep and what needs to go is to look at your current lifestyle and ask yourself, when it comes to your stuff: “What’s relevant?”
We all know that once we get married and/or have children, there’s a major shift that happens in terms of how our home is set up. As newlyweds, we work our stuff together to create a cohesive living space; as parents, we need to be aware of hazards to crawling babies and small children. The baby and kid “stuff” turns over quite quickly–what a child was playing with one day is no longer relevant the next.
To stay focused on the present, enjoy each day with family and friends, and have the space to live and entertain in one’s home, take a walk around your home and ask yourself: “What is relevant in this room?” Then make an attempt to either purge or pack up and store what’s not relevant to your lifestyle today. The distractions of the past or another time can keep us from fully living in the moment and moving forward. Reduce and eliminate those distractions.
Of course, it’s nice to a place to put “memories” of the past. In that case, make a photo wall or designate one shelf, as opposed to an entire bookcase for mementos. In a baby nursery, place special items in a shadow box for display. To stay on track with eliminating clutter, choose only the most special things to display.