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Use This Storytelling Technique to Declutter and Organize Your Most Sentimental Items

Use this Storytelling technique to declutter and organize your most sentimental items

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Use This Storytelling Technique to Declutter and Organize Your Most Sentimental Items

Use this storytelling technique to declutter and organize your most sentimental items

This post will be short and sweet. I want to follow-up on my last post Organizing the Basement. As I mentioned in that post, sorting your belongings into quadrants or corners in the basement by Toss, Donate, Sell or Keep. Sorting your things into these four areas first gets the “Weeding Process” started off in the right direction. Use this Storytelling technique to declutter and organize your most sentimental items. Here is a great article in the Huffington Post on the importance of storytelling for future generations. Here is what the article says about how important storytelling is:

“From a legacy perspective, we tell our stories for ourselves and as a gift to future generations. How does telling our stories benefit us? We need to know and express our own stories. Difficulties arise not because we have a story, perhaps a very sad or painful story, but because we become attached to our stories and make them an essential part of our very selves.

Telling our stories is not an end in itself, but an attempt to release ourselves from them, to evolve and grow beyond them. We tell our stories to transform ourselves; to learn about our history and tell our experiences to transcend them; to use our stories to make a difference in our world; to broaden our perspective to see further than normal; to act beyond a story that may have imprisoned or enslaved us; to live more of our spiritual and earthly potential.”

The next step in telling your story

Now the next step involves tossing and donating things as soon as possible. I consider this a “must”. If you wait too long, you may end up keeping these unwanted items. The more time folks spent waiting to toss or donate things give them more time to go back and move them to the Keep area, which is very self-defeating when you thing about it.

Now about Keeping things. What do you do with these things? For me it is simple. You either decide what is truly valuable, and what you will use. If you have items in the Keep pile that you will not use, tell a story about it and donate or give it away.

What do I mean by Storytelling?

Move all of the items from the Keep pile/area and decide what you will use and what you will not. From the What You Will Not Use pile, decide what is sentimental enough to snap a picture of.  Then journal or write a short story about it in a special Journal. See my post here about using a journal to organize your home.

Use this storytelling technique to declutter and organize your most sentimental items

This Storytelling Journal can be a wonderful keep sake that the entire family will absolutely love. I think that I may put mine on the coffee table as a conversation piece. It feels good to be able to keep your invaluable sentimental items in a journal.  And you are reducing the clutter around your home as well. Now these items will give you joy and inspiration as you are actually “using” them each time your read your Storytelling Journal. Share your thoughts in the discussion below. Please post if you are thinking of starting your own family story. Until next time……

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