An Experiment

I think I have hit upon a brilliant idea, but I need some help testing it out.

It occurs to me that when we say we don't want to let something go because of all the memories attached to it, this is not exactly the case. So assuring you that the memory doesn't leave with the object doesn't really cut it as far as motivation goes. It seems to me that the problem is really that these items trigger the memory. We come across items when we clean, organize, or move and these memories (that we weren't trying to actively recall) present themselves. And usually the memories are of fun times, accomplishments etc.

So the reluctance to let these items go springs more from the fear that without them we won't have a reason to recall these fun times. (not that we won't be able to remember them)

Here's where my brilliant idea comes in: How about when you are contemplating getting rid of one of these "memory triggering" items, you write down the associated memories in a special journal. Then when you feel like reminiscing, you can pick up your journal instead of poking through all of the boxes in your basement.

I think this will really help free up some of the space in your house as well as in your mind (remember everything in your house is in your brain). In addition, this journal is a wonderful way to start your own personal history. If you were gone, and your children were to find your special items, would they know why the items were special?

I'm really excited about this idea, and I think it could be a great way to share your memories, reclaim the spaces in your house, free your life (and mind) of clutter, and create something unique for you and your family.

If someone takes a chance on this idea, please, please, please email me or comment so that we can see if this idea can really produce its intended results.

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2 Responses to “An Experiment”
  1. Anonymous says:

    I tend to agree. Maybe in addition to the journal entry, take a picture of the item to put in the journal, too. Of course, some things like yearbooks are journals all by themselves.

  2. Jasmine says:

    I've had a few people add that suggestion and I think it's a great idea.

    I'm going to use this experiment for an organizing group that I run, and I'm definitely going to have my camera out to take pics!!

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