What would you take with you if you had only 10 minutes to evacuate your home?
People who have lost their homes in fires or other disasters will tell you that the things they miss most are the “priceless” personal items with a connection to the past: irreplaceable heirlooms, treasured photos, family histories, scrapbooks, diaries. These types of meaningful memorabilia often have value only to us; it’s the sentimental stuff that defines who we are.
That’s why it’s important to set aside several empty storage containers that you could access quickly in an emergency and fill with your favorite sentimental items. A simple solution: Collapsible storage boxes in various sizes. Unassembled, they take up very little space and can be slipped under a bed or along the inside wall of a hall closet. (The most economical solution: cardboard banker’s boxes with removable lids. But if you’ve never used them, it’s a good idea to assemble one just for practice.)
Of course, you can’t protect or save everything you love from every potential hazard. But you can take good care of each thing while you’ve got it, and cherish it while you can.
Unfortunately, keeping too much stuff makes it hard to enjoy and appreciate the very objects that are most precious to you.
Why not make a commitment to edit your memorabilia so you retain only what’s most precious to you? Keep the best and let go of the rest.
By aiming to limit your sentimental stuff to just what you can take with you in an emergency, you’ll have more time and space to enjoy your treasures – and your life.