UnFeathering the Nest
Living Large Readers: This is hopefully, the first guest post from a Living Large at Our Little House community member on moving to or living in a small space, or on green living.Today’s post is from Kathleen Winn.
I will be posting these on Mondays and they could be as short as a paragraph. Please send them along to me at firstname.lastname@example.org C’mon, LL community, I know you have plenty of tips!
Like many people our age, my husband and I said goodbye to grown kids a few years ago- but not to their stuff. Swimming trophies, spelling bee awards, a few blank diaries and other childhood paraphernalia ended up in the corners of basements and splilling out of boxes in our attic.
When our daughters come home for a visit, we now try to always set aside a night for dinner at home and to go through at least a box or two of their stuff. This started out as just a way to clean up our basement and attic in anticipation of moving someday, but it’s become a tradition. Going through the items from their past gives us a chance to look at the history of our family, the dance recitals and horse shows, volleyball camp, souvenirs from vacations. I actually sometimes find myself more attached to the remnants of their childhood than they are: “Are you sure you want to give away Gray Bunny? Gray Bunny was there for you when you had strep and when you sprained your wrist. He saw you through the chicken pox…”
The payoff for starting this tradition a couple years ago? Now that my husband and I are moving to a new house, we have much less to take. I also like it that my daughters made decisions themselves about what to keep and what to let go of. I think the exercise in itself is beneficial. Kids don’t always have the time or inclination to sort through the entire history of their childhood when they first move away from home. This tradition gives them the opportunity to do that and for all of us to share in the memories.
Thanks, Kathleen! What a great way to create new memories while delving into the old with the kids.
Have you any other ideas on decluttering your kids’ things from your home?