Q. I would like to pare down all the memorabilia I have accumulated over the years, but I am having a hard time getting started. I’m concerned that my children and grandchildren will want some of these “memories” after I’m gone. Any suggestions?
You could start by asking your children to help you with this project. That way they can decide what they will want to keep. If that isn’t a viable solution, you might want to rethink this project in terms of keeping those things that help in preserving the past. In this way, you keep things which will give your children insight into who you were at different ages and stages of your life.
While you are deciding what to keep, think about the memories associated with the various items. The matchbook collection you made in your 20s is probably safe to toss, while the diary you kept in fifth-grade might give your children and grandchildren some insight into what your life was like then.