sorting and letting go

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I have a real sense of needing to sort our belongings at the moment. The infamous ‘Spring clean’ is hovering over me, and I am itching to organise and throw away any unwanted and unused things.

This feeling was only compounded when my folks came last week with a whole boot-full of bits. From college essays, to old Christmas cards and mementoes, there were boxes and bags of memories, and pieces of my past.

Geoffrey & Grace styled shot

We haven’t even managed to sort through all the things we moved from the last house to this one yet. We didn’t get a chance to properly sort and throw anything away before we moved, so we moved it all with us. Stuff from the attic that hadn’t been used for the 6 years we lived there. If we’ve not missed it or needed in that time, we probably don’t need it now.

It can be a challenge working out what is important to hang on to, and what is ok to throw away. As a child I kept absolutely everything, even all my birthday cards each year. I don’t think hanging on to everything is healthy though. It leaves you no space for anything new, no room to look forward, if you are full of the past.

A friend recently told me she was reading something about this very topic, and the advice was, if it doesn’t make you happy let it go.

Of course, there are useful things to keep hold of too. Amongst the boxes that my parents brought with them were twenty My Little Ponies, a stable, Majesty’s’ castle and lots of accessories including clothes my sister and I made for our pony friends. Now ‘useful’ may not be the best word, but Bailey (and myself) have already had lots of fun playing with them, dressing them up and brushing their hair. They will definitely get loved all over again.

It has felt really good to be busy cathartically sorting and throwing things away. A big box has gone to a charity shop and another to the tip. There is still more sorting to do, but I definitely feel lighter – there is now space for new things.

One of the little pieces of happy I am hanging on to, is a car clock from the first Singer car my Grandad Geoffrey bought once he was married to Grandma Grace. It’s now sitting where I can see it daily. The note in the first picture, which is a little ‘how to’ zig zag stitch in my Grandma’s writing, is definitely a keeper too. I am following that good advice, and holding on to what makes me smile, but letting the rest of it gently go.


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  • a lovely post, and some wonderful things to be keeping. It can tricky to get the balance between keeping things that mean something and being over sentimental. Holding on to happiness seems to be a good approach.

    • geoffreyandgrace

      Thanks Katie 🙂 Yes you’re right about sentimentality. Especially when you start sorting through everything, you can find yourself being sentimental over something you’d forgotten you had.

  • I SO need to do this. Our attic is full of things from my parents’ house, and my partner’s parent’s house. It is hard to let go, but some of the stuff hasn’t been touched since it was put there six years ago. I just find the whole prospect so daunting and even the thought of it exhausting. My partner is also very reluctant to let anything go – I have resorted in the past to throwing away bags of worn-out shoes when he isn’t looking!

    • geoffreyandgrace

      Crafty of you 😉 Yes, I am not surprised you are daunted by the process, when it’s shut away like that, it’s easier to leave it be.

  • Well done you! Sorting is such hard work, emotionally just as much as physically. I think you can only do it in small batches. We forced ourselves to sort everything before we moved, whilst we were waiting for everything to happen. And it really did feel so good afterwards. I restricted myself to one box of keepsakes from my past – everything else I let go. definitely with you on needing to let go to make room for new things – and I think this applies to emotions and experiences just as much as possessions. I’m so glad we parted with as much as we did – all of our attic contents are currently living in our sitting room, until we get the flooring done! Good work my lovely xxx

    • geoffreyandgrace

      Yes, you are right, it is emotionally draining. There is more sorting to be done, but it was definitely a good start X