After my blog about my journey to little yellow cottage , I was asked how did you get rid of so much ? Didn't those things mean anything to you ? What is living simply with just the things you love? My answer was simple......I had to honor what was most important to me, it all had to have a history. As I simplified I noticed that the most important sentimental treasures were left. After several sessions of elimination the most difficult things to get rid of were bringing back so many memories. I become attached to things that reminded me of my past, and my loved ones. My grandfather’s handkerchief , my husbands first pair of shoes, or artwork from kindergarten. They all transport you to another time, and usually fill you with lovely memories. Unfortunately, because I didn't want to clutter my home with stuff, these treasures were buried in boxes in the garage or attic, only to be rediscovered during the move. I must admit when I found my grandmothers wedding gown, I did get teary thinking of the story about my grandparents wedding , when seeing a saved cook book of my mothers I thought of my favorite food dishes from childhood. In my life, my mother had saved my notes from the 4th grade, albums from my first crush , I even found a heart shaped rock from my husband that he picked up and gave me from a walk on the beach by our home. I also had paintings that my father had painted that I never hung in my home. It couldn't all come with us to our new small home. I was on a mission to live with less.....with only a certain number of things. Why not display some of your sentimental items I thought? Less does not mean none. Paring down your objects does not necessarily mean ridding yourself of them all... Instead, paring down to your sentimental items allows you to focus on the most meaningful. Chances are, the things with all the memories are in a box in the garage or attic. Sort through those boxes and choose the things that mean most to you and your family and display them. Sometimes we hold onto things to hold onto people that have left our lives. Honor the ones you love by sharing what was theirs. After all, a box full of memories stashed in the basement is far less meaningful than specific items displayed proudly in your home. So go through that box of mom's things in the basement, select the item that most represented her life and the influence that she had, display that proudly, and remove the rest.. Use your moms China to eat on everyday and wear that special necklace that was passed down to you? Why not use it? Wear the memorable piece of jewelry every day instead of waiting for a special occasion, or forgetting about it completely. You may come across things that you can’t use and don’t want to keep, but someone else will find these sentimental items to be quite useful. Use them or pass them on to others . As you simplify your life, you will come to the realization that the most sentimental things aren’t things at all, but stories of the people and places we love, and how we spent our time. I see these things around me everyday and it makes me feel like those people who have have passed on still are with me . I'm reading a book by Mitch Albom called For One More Day, he wrote "What would you do if you could have one more day with a lost loved one". Surrond yourself with their presence with their cherished items or Write about the things you love, take a picture instead of holding onto them. Start a family blog or keep a personal journal. Your words may start out describing your fathers watch, but turn into a beautiful story about an afternoon the two of you spent together. I did this in each section of my life when it come to letting go, and I love what unfolded. Not only do you make room for the good stuff, but you can clearly see what is most meaningful to you. Instead of filling boxes with the things that create clutter in your life, spend more time creating and living your life instead. Here are some pictures of what my husband and I have surrounded our selves with.