What do you do with greeting cards? I’ve kept all of the ones I’ve received with pugs on them because they make me smile. Then there’s a few special ones from my husband and daughters. Then there’s a few that are just too cute or too funny to throw out. I love the ones that “sing” when I open them. My collection now is about 5 inches thick. Thinking of throwing them into the bin is just uncompromisable.
I’ve always been a person who has a “Thrift Store Contribution Bag” in my back bedroom. It’s ready to collect items that I’ve replaced with new, or clothes I don’t (or can’t) wear any longer. I even have “gifted” things that I’ve collected. By no means am I a hoarder; I weed out my closets and storage areas at least once a year. I’ve adopted the mantra, “If I haven’t used it during the last year, out it goes.” Perhaps someone else will find use for it. This mantra is good for most things, but not all.
Besides my greeting card collection, I have kept my scrap book from grade school, my high school memorabilia, my photos from the time I was born (and in some cases before I made my appearance), my Cabbage Patch Dolls and the clothing I sewed for them. Even though these things are packed away in boxes and I haven’t looked at them in a long time, I MUST keep them. I even have a couple 20-year old dresses, which have special sentimental memories. I will never give them away even though, I do not have the slim body that once wore them.
I know if a tornado went through our area and destroyed our home, such things would be lost forever, and I would live. But until something drastic happens, I think I will hang on to these mementos. And when I die, someone else can throw them away. By then, they will have served their purpose.
So, do you keep special greeting cards and other items that are worthless to everyone except for you? And if you do, what do you keep?