Don't worry, I'm not about to tell you to ditch all of your sentimental items.
My babies eat from the same silver baby spoons their great grandfather did so long ago. When not being used to feed babies and toddlers, the spoons sit intermingled with new plastic spoons and forks. The old and the new intertwined, a piece of family history sometimes in my son's sticky yogurt covered fingers.
The things that remind you of people you've loved and seasons of your life that have challenged or changed you are not clutter. They are exactly the things that a simple and inviting home are filled with.
I've spent most of this series asking you to declutter and suggesting ways to hide the stuff you can't help but keep. I've been challenging you to clear out the things that don't matter to make room for the things that do.
Now that you've made some room, the challenge is different. Today's challenge is to bring your sentimental items out of hiding. Bring that box out of the attic. Or go dig through the basement.
Use and display your sentimental items.
And if you come across something that you don't care to see or touch every day, if it's been in a box for years and you don't have any interest in displaying it on the mantel, maybe it really isn't that sentimental. Maybe you can ditch it after all.
[This is day 29 of a 31 Day Series about organizing your home. Click here to see more.]
p.s. If the idea of using grandma's linens or your great aunt's china scares you a little, read this post.