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Mom to Mom Monday: Confessions of a keepsake hoarder

Posted by Julie on 11/4/2013 to Mom Madness
Today I wanted to discuss a dilemma with you all. I am a confessed keepsake hoarder. The problem, with three kids, there is beginning to be more than I can keep!

keepsake,crafts My daughter, she's going on 11 yrs old, and I feel like I have kept every scribble, every craft, and every drop of paint that ever landed on paper by her hand. In the first few years of her life I accumulated an entire rubbermade tote filled with just the paper keepsakes alone.

That's just the paper stuff...I also keep things like this---> a ziplock bag with a broken music box. Not just broken, shattered. I always said I'd keep the pieces and put it back together some day because her grandmother gave it to her. I probably never will. I've also got baby teeth, some clothes from when she was a baby and toddler, more than a few blankets we used when she was an infant, every Halloween costume...and the list goes on.

What IS important?

With my sons I felt like I didn't keep enough from when they were toddlers and now I'm making up for lost time. I empty their backpacks and when I go to the garbage to toss the unneeded papers I find myself keeping stack after stack of scribble this, cute partially-written story that, a construction paper hat they wore for a performance and so on. I'm getting pretty out of control with it.

Things I really think matter that I MUST keep but am not sure I'll be able to? What I wouldn't give to have the books I read with my mom so that I can read them with my kids now, so I plan to save the books we read and have been reading for years. cool will it be when my sons are grown and I can bring them the Legos they played with as kids to use with their own kids?

When my husband was around Kindergarten age he and his brothers accidentally set their house on fire and much of their photos, toys and belongings were destroyed. So we have little from his family when it comes to showing our kids things he owned or used when he was a child. Perhaps this fuels my desire to KEEP things?

Someone, anyone, please tell me I'm not crazy. Do you worry about what to keep and what to toss or donate? I can't help but see their "first" in everything...first tricycle, first ball cap, first favorite toy, pillow, book, game, etc. How do you decide what to keep and what to pass on?