How to Purge Sentimental your linen closet and beyond

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A long-time friend of mine came into town recently and officially introduced me to her two youngest kids - I remember them of course, but they really don't know me; the oldest does for sure.  So we got to talking about pictures.  I have pictures of all of her kids from birth on, but the question has always remained, what do you really do with all of those little wallet-sized photos of other people's kids, or students, or anyone else you met once upon a time who handed you a 2x3?

My friend mentioned that she had this "junk drawer" of sorts, that has been with her through every move; it's not organized, but all of those random photos are in there.  I realized that my issue is that I cannot complete a full category for those images so I often end up putting them in drawers, and bins, and boxes and sometimes a photo would make a random appearance while cleaning out a space.  There has to be a better way.

While I ponder the best storage solution for me (I've seriously thinking of her photo box idea, but with some type of subcategories yet to be labeled), but in the meantime I thought it would be helpful to provide tips on how to actually get rid of things that are sentimental to you.

The video below is my first attempt at purging my linen closet.  I will actually decorate/organize it at some point, but my first step was to

Now I just need to decorate and organize this space, but that's a challenge for another post...

Because I have this sentimental problem, I thought it best to share the words of someone who does a better job of purging - Kathryn, from Do It On a Dime.

I know some of you might be thinking, didn't she show us this video earlier this year?  And you would be correct, but sometimes we need to revisit those people that give us inspiration to do better.  And this is one of my choices for this spring cleaning season.

I need to do better.  I am going to do better.  How about you?


  1. Good job! We have a linen chest. It is huge and full of blankets, comforters and sheets. Such a collection but I don't want to get rid of any of it since it isn't mine. I have to ignore that clutter! LOL

  2. Your on your way! It feels so good to get rid of excess clutter. One suggestion when you decide to finalize your linen closet. Containers or baskets for your linens. They will keep everything neat and tidy. As for the photos of other peoples children, I have the same issue, birth announcements, holiday cards etc. I have them in a photo box but I am going to either toss them.or I might make a mini album and send as a gift. I recently make a gift of some really old letters I kept from for a childhood friend. Those letters tell her story of her younger self. You can read about it here: I think you should only keep what tells your story as well, the pics that evoke fond memories of your life..


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