An experienced mom had learned how to fight the clutter battle, and I took her “take a photo” advice to heart.
My boys built Usborne Cut-Out models of a Viking town, Roman villa, Roman amphitheater, multiple castles, knights’ masks and more. They enjoyed their results.
However, you can’t keep that stuff around. When the models had served their purpose and then hung around a bit longer, I took a photo and we moved on.
The advice prevented arguments and showed respect for the boy’s efforts. Not only did I have years of clean surface areas, nineteen years later, I have reminders of projects that would have crumbled and been tossed by now.
This system works today. My sentimental family members are more likely to toss something if they take a photo before parting.
Do you have a method for making it easier to part with sentimental items?