This has taken hours and hours and hours and I have gone through such a range of emotions – grief, anger, wonder, surprise, sadness, happiness, pride and finally… RELIEF and FREEDOM!
This was my sentimental collection back in August 2010:
And here it is now:
The sorting process has actually taken around three passes over the last three years, but I am SO PLEASED that I don’t have all that crap hanging around any more, not least because of the sheer amount of space it was taking up.
I really did have a terrible problem with hoarding mementos. Why, I wonder?
Did it stem from the psychological insecurity of growing up in emotionally deserted home?
Was it an attempt to validate my life and my experiences because my parents didn’t ever really provide that for me?
Was it just that I have an archivist-type personality and love to keep and categorise things?
I really don’t know, but I feel so, SO much better for finally completing this job. And that box isn’t quite full yet 🙂
I feel like I’ve got my life in order, like I’ve somehow got my past in order, if that makes sense.
I need to do a short post of the inventory of what’s left (there are some cards that I am doing a crafty project with, plus Boy 1’s nursery ‘learning journey’ folder, which I haven’t included in the box).
Meanwhile, here’s the pile of everything that has gone out over these last few posts:
And for the number lovers (like me), here’s the final count for Part 4:
- 1 letter
- 1 magazine clipping
- 28 cards
- 6 A6 diaries
- 5 photos
- positive pregnancy tests (DS2)
- 1 passport photo
- 3 studio prints + CD
- 25 pieces children’s art
- 1 ultrasound CD (DS2)
- 1 alumni newsletter
- 1 green A4 folder
- 33 birthday cards
- 2 thank you letters
- 1 party invite
- 1 nursery ‘award’
- 1 set of diary pages
- 3 maps of France