Refinery 29 has an interesting short video that talks about purging sentimental items. What It Feels Like To Purge Your Most Beloved Sentimental Objects
In the video, Meg Lazaros talks about the sentimental items in her home and mentions that she needs to declutter as she is moving to a smaller space. She shares her feelings and memories associated with a variety of sentimental items.
Having been through the decluttering process, my brain is screaming, “Get rid of that junk!” But the reality is that decluttering can be a very difficult process that is wrought with raw emotion. The first time you let go of something sentimental, you feel a real sense of loss, and you can see that in Meg’s reaction after she purges the one and only item purged in this video. The good news is, the more you let go, the easier it becomes. You learn that you can retain the memories without keeping the item that you have been using to trigger those memories.