Last night Eric and I had a long talk about what we pack around with us. We just moved and got rid of a lot of excess baggage, but as we are acquiring all of the little things that go with having a child we are realizing that we want to rid ourselves of even more of the unnecessary objects that we pull around from place to place. I love the idea of all of my stuff having a specific function (yes, sentimentality is considered a function) or purpose for taking up space.
First we started a project pile. We have loads of little unfinished projects that are just waiting to be complete, we decided to give all of those projects a home. Now, when we are bored we can just go and complete something from that pile. We were able to cut through some clutter (how many pairs of giant sunglasses do we actually need?) and get together a few things to take to the local thrift stores. It is so liberating to let go of junk.
Then we hit on the sentimental stuff and we began to wonder just what is worth keeping and what is not? For instance we will always have the above panda bear with the duct taped arm. Eric loved it so much when he was a little boy and it's just not something either of us feels he should throw out. So, while it has little function in our lives it will remain with us, living in a trunk with a few other super sentimental objects.
What do you have that you just cannot part with?