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Not that I've been doing much house cleaning of late, but it's something that is high on my list of things I need to do. And I'm talking declutterization, organization, and those types of things. Going through life's accumulations can be like an archaeological dig. Or a study of historical records. A journey through the past. Housecleaning can be functional as well as interesting and entertaining.
The many piles and caches I have strewn about my house and tucked away in remote places normally unseen by anyone who might step into my abode are not necessarily messy. They're more like an organized chaos. A visitor who might just happen to notice our home amassment would probably think it seemed organized, but the fact is that everything is merely piled neatly.
Whenever I do tackle one of these piles or areas, I typically start getting bogged down in reflection. Memories start welling up as look through my possessions. Sure, some of it is easily discarded, but other items become more difficult to decide upon. Should I get rid of this or not? That question pops up repeatedly and usually this will bring about a decision to postpone the decision. It seems like whenever I do get rid of a questionable item like this, somewhere down the road I'll wish I had kept it.
Sometimes I think I should just open a museum. Or maybe I should rent a small warehouse. Organizing and documenting can be a huge undertaking, but for preserving memories properly it's a necessity.
Do you have a lot of personal memorabilia? How do you organize your accumulations? Do you enjoy going through old stuff and dredging up memories?