Tag Archives: sentiment

book review – Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

Most people have too much stuff; however, there is a big difference between having too much stuff and hoarding. Between TV shows about hoarding and numerous books devoted to the subject, the public has become aware of hoarding as a … Continue reading

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national scrapbooking month

(Full disclosure: I have made and continue to make scrapbooks. I enjoy the process and encourage everyone to record their memories.) Some marketing genius has designated May as National Scrapbooking Month. I could use this space to encourage you to … Continue reading

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zen of polishing silver

My mother moved recently and one of the (many) things she didn’t take was her silver flatware. It became one of the (many) things I took home that I didn’t really want. Some of the pieces were blackened with tarnish … Continue reading

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letting go of the past

I have been working on getting my mother’s condo ready for sale. That included going through years of accumulated stuff. Some of the things we found were fascinating; most were mundane. Among my favorites were school report cards and letters … Continue reading

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sentimental clutter

There is an entire chapter devoted to sentiment in The Clutter Book: When You Can’t Let Go. Sentimental items may be the most difficult ones to let go. Coincidentally, I found three articles in the past week about sentimental clutter. … Continue reading

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don’t organize it

Almost every day someone tells me, proudly, that he has 20 years’ worth of paycheck stubs, but they’re all organized in file cabinets. Or she has every piece of artwork her kids ever made, but they’re all organized in boxes. … Continue reading

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section seven excerpt – sentiment

Certain items provide you with a feeling of sentiment or nostalgia, and can be hard to let go of.   This is a challenge I see regularly with clients who attribute meaning to things that look meaningless to other people.  Things … Continue reading

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