Friday, June 13, 2008

Declutter by taking pictures

I bought this bottle of water for 1 Ringgit at a tiny shop on a monorail station in the middle of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in Oct 2006.
Just looking at that bottle brings back all sorts of memories - how hot and humid it was that day, what I was wearing (tiny shorts and a sleeveless top), how tired I was of walking at that point, how cool the water was and how I couldn't wait to get back to the hotel to put up my feet and have a nice cup of tea.
This bottle travelled all the way back to South Africa with me and has been my gym companion once a week since then, more or less. In case you're worrying about my cleanliness, yes, I did wash it out :)
I finally decided to throw it out the other day but first I took a picture so I could remember the story behind it :-)
And I said all that to say this.
If you're hanging onto STUFF because you feel sentimental about them, take a picture (yes, seriously), blog it or just write something in your journal and let it go. Like I did here with my shoes.
What do you need to let go of? It can be something small, something big, anything.


MoziEsmé said...

I love this idea! I've got a project of scanning/photographing my baby's art projects before they take over the house; never thought of applying that to other sentimental things, too.

Marcia said...

Mozi Esme, thanks for visiting. Glad you found that tip helpful :)

Sally Ann said...

As a home organiser myself, I find this tip fantastic I will have to share it on my blog.

Julie Stiles Mills said...

This is also a GREAT idea for kid school projects! We've taken pictures of shoebox dioramas, display boards . . . even a volcano! We keep the memory and not the stuff.

Thanks for the visit and the comment! I'm always amazed at how interconnected the world is through blogging!