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I Am Very Sentimental, How About You?

Updated on May 19, 2015
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Family is very important to Mary. She is very proud of her brood of 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

This is my home of 35 years that I filled with treasures from my family.
This is my home of 35 years that I filled with treasures from my family. | Source

I am a very sentimental person. I keep everything that is possible to save, and some things much too large to keep. I can't remember when I first started this habit of safekeeping in the name of sentimentality by saving the precious bits and pieces of my life and of those near and dear to me.

When I started dating the man who would become my husband, I must have known our lives would be forever entwined because I saved the ticket stub from our first date at the movies. All during our courtship I saved every cocktail napkin, every concert ticket stub, every flower; everything that had to do "with us". I tucked these away in my dresser drawer. After we married, I bought a big scrapbook, and placed every little token of our love in place chronologically. That scrapbook was the beginning of what my family knows as our Family Albums. I keep one for each year. My four children are all grown now, and I am blessed with seven Grandchildren and one Great Granddaughter. I love it when one of them comes to my house and pulls down an album to look at their baby pictures. They can spend hours going through the albums and remembering happy times. If our house ever catches fire, these books will be the first to be rescued (after the humans and the dog).


A page from one of my Family Albums.  These are photos of my first born.
A page from one of my Family Albums. These are photos of my first born. | Source

I Kept A Diary For Many Years

After this child came three more girls. I have their "firsts", too. Every scribbled scrawled piece of paper, every precious drawing that the children and Grandchildren have given me goes into the album for that year. I saved my children's school work in boxes stored safely away.

I kept a diary for many years. It isn't the kind of diary that if I should die, my family could publish it and make a fortune. There isn't even a mention of a torrid love affair (I never had one) or even the disclosure of a friend's husband trying to win my love. It is just recordings of events that made up a day in our lives. These are precious memories.


I Saved All My Hubby's Love Letters Plus A Lot More!

I have a separate album for all the love letters my husband wrote to me. To know him, you would never think this macho man could compose such beautiful writings, but he did. Before we married, he travelled as a salesman four days a week. Each night that he was on the road and staying in a motel, he would take the time to write me a letter.

I am sentimental about cars, rose bushes I have planted and nurtured to grow, about houses I have loved and had to leave, baby cribs and highchairs, first birthday dresses, little black patent leather shoes, seashells we have collected, and flower vases made by little hands from paper cups. I've discovered that their works of art made with macaroni or rice don't hold up over the years.

I saved my first baby's crib, and used it for three of my other babies. I intended to hand it down to my Grandchildren until I began to read how dangerous these old cribs were. A baby's head can be wedged between the wide slats.

I cried when I destroyed my old crib.

My four girls took ballet classes when they were quite young. I saved their ballet slippers and their tiny costumes used in their recitals.


The Doll House My Children And I Made

My children and I spent many hours building this doll house.  It is now at a Daughter's house.
My children and I spent many hours building this doll house. It is now at a Daughter's house. | Source

The Fence I Painted And Moved To My Apartment Yard

I could not bear to leave this fence I painted when I left my old house.  I had it moved, and now it is in my yard.
I could not bear to leave this fence I painted when I left my old house. I had it moved, and now it is in my yard. | Source

My House Was Like A Museum

I am sentimental about everything and anything that has to do with my family and each person in my family's lives. I can't bear to part with anything that has given me joy and happiness. My house was like a museum. Some people would call it junk, but I would look around at my wall to wall family photos and all the other "junk". I'm so glad I have saved them all, because they gave me joy just to look at them.

I downsized about a year ago. I left my house of 35 years and moved into a small two bedroom apartment. I couldn’t take all my sentimental things with me. I kept a small sampling from each of my four daughters and seven grandchildren.

One of my granddaughters gave me a little Easter cookie several years ago. It is in the shape of a little baby chick. I still have that! It is now as hard as a rock. I could never bring myself to eat that little cookie.


I made stepping stones with each child's name on them.  I dug them up and moved them to my new apartment.
I made stepping stones with each child's name on them. I dug them up and moved them to my new apartment. | Source

The Stain Glass Dolphin I Could Not Leave Behind

This stain glass piece hung over the front door of my old house.  I moved it, and it now hangs on my screened in porch.
This stain glass piece hung over the front door of my old house. I moved it, and it now hangs on my screened in porch. | Source

Before I Downsized, I Gifted My Family Most Of My Treasures

Before I moved out of my old house, I had my family take many the pieces they had given me over the years. I enjoy going to their houses and look at all my treasures!

I'm sort of like Emma Bombeck who was one of my favorite writers. She had four kids, and I could identify with her writings. She said she never liked to wash her glass sliding doors, because she never wanted to wash away her children's precious hand prints.



Some Of My Family Albums

This is just a few of my Family Albums
This is just a few of my Family Albums | Source

Beautiful memories can never be washed away. They are kept safely in our hearts.

Other priceless treasures my children made for me.
Other priceless treasures my children made for me. | Source
The shelves in my tiny apartment are filled with family photos and gifts from my family.
The shelves in my tiny apartment are filled with family photos and gifts from my family. | Source

My Small Apartment Is Home To A Lot Of My Treasures

I intended to keep my small apartment walls completely clear, but that didn't work out too well. I now have wall to wall family photos.

I have many of my children's gifts on the walls (including the bathroom). I love looking at them and remembering all the good times we have together.

I Have No More Space To Keep Any Treasures

I will always be a sentimental person, I suppose, but now I tell my family: just remember, I have no space to keep treasures. When I die, you will get my treasures. You just may not have the space for them, either!

Just give me a nice box of chocolates for my birthday and for all the holidays.



Precious Treasures That Hang From My Bathroom Wall

These precious things hang from my bathroom wall.
These precious things hang from my bathroom wall. | Source

I am expecting two new Great Grandchildren. The first little piece of paper I receive with the childish scrawl that says, "I love you, Great Grandma" will be kept for the rest of my life!

It will be too valuable to throw away.

Are You A Sentimental Person Like Me?

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      stella vadakin 21 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi Mary, I can understand the saving things.I have a display case with all the things my grandchildren have given to me it is awesome.

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      DREAM ON 23 months ago

      Mary, There are so many incredible memories that fill our life. Our home is a special place where we can feel and see those great times. Even years later we can think back to all the laughs and pleasure. Thank you for sharing.

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      DREAM ON 23 months ago

      I love your hub and all the loving memories you share. A good friend told me memories are beautiful and are up here as he pointed to his head. I try to keep memories of all good times and the people I love so much. I also run out of room. I try my best and I am happy your family holds many of your cherished things. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Dolores Monet, hi. It is so hard when we have to downsize, and have to decide on what to keep, and what to discard. I was lucky that my family took most of my stuff,

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Mary, AI know just what you mean. My house, too, is a museum. While that can be a lot of fun and provide perfect surroundings for a sentimental person, I dread if we ever decide to downsize. I am slowly working on getting rid of stuff, but there are things that I can't bear to part with. A lot of things. Not yet a hoarder, but...

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Thelma Alberts How nice that you are sentimental, and have saved old things and those letters from your hubby. I still enjoy reading my old love letters from my hubby when we were dating.

      How nice that you remembered when I wrote about downsizing into a tiny apartment! I was so fortunate because my children and grandchildren are sentimental, too. They took my treasures and will love them as much as I did.

      BTW: I love my little apartment which I share with my Min. Schnauzer.

      I hope you have a wonderful day; thanks for reading, Mary

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      I am very sentimental, too. I keep old things and letters from my hubby when we were still pen friends in the 70´s. I can´t get rid of them as they are loaded with memories. I still remember when you told us that you have to move to a small house and that you have to get rid of some of the things you have. I am glad that you keep some of them Mary.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Suzie HQ What a great memory you have! I am very happy in my tiny apartment, but it took a lot of adjusting. I kept many little things I couldn't bear to part with, but I am trying very hard not to accumulate any more stuff!!

      Thanks for reading and remembering, Mary

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary, what a fabulous journey you brought us on! I remember your writing on your move. Your sentimental nature is much like me, my mum's nature too. I would keep everything if I could but an apartment means I am restricted with size. My partner is not so sentimental so we compromise! Thanks for a wonderful insight to your memories.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      MartieCoetser , hi there. So, you're sentimental, too?? I can't bear to part with any lovely memory, even a Birthday card from a loved one. I'm glad you're like me on this one! Thanks, Mary

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Oh my, Mary, I am just like you. I got rid of many things, but not of my albums and diaries, and the cards and gifts I have received from my loved-ones.

      Good to know I am not one of a kind :) And with you, in good company :)

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, drbj I'm glad my family is sentimental, too. They enjoy looking through all the photo albums as much as I do. They love to see how they looked when they were young! So good to see you, Mary

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Your children and grandchildren are fortunate that you ARE sentimental, Mary. Look at all the wonderful memories you have packaged for them in your scrapbooks, diaries and photos. Cheers for sentimentality!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Besarien So nice to meet you here today! Sounds like you are sentimental, too. The problem comes when I try to get rid of my treasures because they are so valuable to me.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, pstraubie48 Isn't it wonderful that we can pass down pieces of clothing that belonged to another family member? I certainly think so. I have each of my girl's first baby dresses and the tiny shoes that went with the dresses!

      I'm glad you can identify with how I feel about being sentimental.

      Thanks for reading, the votes and the share.

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Mary

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      Yes, I do keep things to which I am sentimentally attached. I have pictures that my son drew when he little in my safe deposit box. I am determined that I won't die a hoarder though. I try to go through it all and get rid of stuff that has outlived the value of my keeping it.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      In short, yes, very sentimental. I have a handmade horse that I was given when I was 5 and a handmade puppy that I received the same year.

      I saved my grandson's clothing (a few pieces ) so that if he ever had a brother they could be passed onto the newbie . at the baby shower for the new brother (who came when my eldest grandson was 16) I gave my daughter some nightgowns and pajamas that my eldest had worn. She sobbed and sobbed..

      I have baby shoes from her earliest years and albums of photos overflowing with events we have shared when it was just my daughter and through the years with the grandboys.

      I also have special pieces of furniture and curious that were my Momma's and Daddys'/

      Truly I can identify with you, Mary.

      Love this..sharing voting up

      Sending Angels your way this evening ps

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      You are such a talented poet. I only had time to read one (Cleopatra's Envy), but it was wonderful. I'm pleased to meet you, too. My best, Mary

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      I'm pleased to make your acquaintance on HP as well Mary and you're welcome.

      To answer; being an ex paratrooper, nothing got past him but I think he used to smile, pretend he didn't notice, then light a cigarette.

      Pardon the delayed reply as I haven't been receiving all of my messages today.

      Enjoy a lovely weekend;

      Warm Regards;

      R.Q.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Sherry Hewins I have a daughter like your mom; she does not keep anything! She refuses to clutter up her house with unnecessary "junk". Her goal is to travel and she doesn't want to be tied down to material things!

      I am making an effort not to keep anything else, but how will I resist??

      Nice to see you, Happy Easter. Mary

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      Sherry Hewins 2 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      My mom was the total opposite of you. She never was attached to things, and we moved many times. I have nothing today that I had as a child.

      I was not as unattached as she was, but not nearly as organized as you. I have kept some mementos, and some photographs from when my kids were young, but not anywhere near everything.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Romeos Quill So nice to meet you here today! Your mum sounds like a lovely lady; she and I have a lot in common. I wonder if your dad ever caught on that the ornament he threw out would reappear on her shelf??

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Writer Fox Oh, yes, am very thankful to have a loving and wonderful family who provide me with many precious memories. Thanks for taking the time to read my Hub, commenting, and the votes. Goodnight, Mary

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      What a lovely Hub with some wonderful objet d'art. I think you and my old mum would get on like a house on fire - she can't throw anything away either! When my dad used to toss some of her ornaments into the file marked ' dustbin ' with her half-hearted agreement, she used to pluck them out again a few hours later and put them back on the shelf when his back was turned. :)

      Thank you for sharing your quote and music too.

      Kind Regards;

      R.Q.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I think you are one fortunate lady to have so many precious memories from people you have loved and who have loved you. Even if some of the tokens are gone, the memories will stay in your heart forever. Thanks for letting us share these with you. Voted up!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, tillsontitan (Mary). My photo albums now take up two large bookcases, and as my family grows, I will have to get another bookcase! I just learned how to scan photos onto my computer, but digital photos will never replace a real photo for me!

      Thanks for reading, and the votes, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Faith. Thanks for reading and the nice compliment! Just the other day, one of my granddaughters who is now 25, came over and got out the notebook with my Hubby's love letters. She just cried, and made the comment that people just don't write letters anymore. She is so right; that's too bad, I think.

      Thanks for your votes, and the shares. Hugs right back to you! Mary

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Yet another thing we have in common dear friend. I must admit though, at my husband's urgings I have been forced to start paring things down. I gave each of my children their own school papers and school albums. Sadly, again at his urging, I did destroy some of his letters. He thinks there all gone but I couldn't do it! I have so many photo albums they are in three different places throughout my house.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Dear Mary, this is beautiful. I, too, am very sentimental and keep everything my children and grandchildren have given me. Plus, I've kept every letter and card I have ever received. I kept all the letters my precious mother wrote me after I was married and moved away. You are more organized than I am with your notebooks, however, I do have a photo album full of concert tickets too.

      Thank you for sharing about the wonderful bits and pieces of your life.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Hugs

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Vellur It's taken me over a year to get my little apartment situated the way I want it. I enjoy looking at my little treasures that remind me of my wonderful family. I'm so thankful they wanted to keep my bigger pieces in the family. They are sentimental, too!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Your apartment looks so beautiful. It is great to have things reminding us of precious memories and giving them away will be heart breaking.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Peggy W I have enjoyed seeing your family photos and places you have visited in your Hubs. I really need to learn how to scan my photos and save them on the computer. I lost a lot of photos a year ago when I got a Trojan Horse. Now I back them up on Google+.

      I know you are sentimental, too.....you have a big heart. That's just one of the things I like about you! My best, Mary

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have parted with many things through the years and the ones I most regret are some of the letters. Like you, I most treasure all of the photo albums. Many of the photos have been backed up digitally...but not all. Our lives and those of our pets would come first if in a fire, but after that...the photo albums.

      So nice that your children have taken many of your saved and cherished items so that they are still in the family. At least you can still enjoy them that way.

      The last few years I have actually been clearing out more items and like the idea that others can use them. By donating to our favorite animal charity thrift shop, the animals in the shelter also benefit. A win-win! Up votes and sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, agusfanani Since I now live in a small apartment, I won't be keep as many "treasures" as I once did! At one time I just couldn't bear to throw anything away.

      Nice to see you here today, Mary

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      agusfanani 2 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Marry,

      Although I'm not a sentimental person, but I like to keep things with good memories specially those which are related with my family journey and throw the unwanted ones away.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi again, annart Your grandchildren are so lucky to have you in their lives! Oh, yes, they will read these diaries, and will be so grateful that you took the time and effort.

      I got that dumb TH by clicking on an email that looked like it was from my bank! Never again.....Mary

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Forgot to tell you that I also keep a diary for each grandchild, on my laptop. It chronicles particular times when I've seen them, milestones in their lives and funny things they say and do. It also gives them some info about me and my life, how I feel about them too.

      I'd like to think that they'll look back on them and be grateful for the information, maybe get to know me better as they never remember the times when they're really little.

      Bad luck about the Trojan Horse! So far, I've been lucky.

      All the best.

      Ann

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      annart , good morning! I learned the hard way about backing up my photos. I was hit by a Trojan Horse a year ago, and I lost many valued photos.

      Thanks for your best wishes on my newest addition to our family, and congrats to you on your new arrival. I can't wait to welcome my two newest Great Grandbabies.

      So nice to see you, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, mckbirdbks Well, we can only save just so many things. As my family grew, so did my treasures! Yes, I like to think my offspring will appreciate looking back and learning more about their heritage.

      Thanks so much for the nice visit today, Mary

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I don't keep everything my children and grandchildren have made but I do keep a lot, the extra special ones. I have boxes to keep them in but my greatest store is my photo collection - some in prints but most on my laptop. I have them backed up because if I ever lost them I'd be devastated. I understand completely how you feel and it's so good that you've managed to take some of your old house with you.

      Beautiful hub, Mary, and all the best for your new great-grandchild. I'm waiting for my 5th grandchild to arrive within the week!

      Ann

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Mary. I did not save every scrap and momento. Sometimes I wish that I had saved more. The years fly by, you have many treasured memories and your family will benefit from your hobby as their memories are preserved for them and they children to come. One day one of the great-grandchildren will spend hours learning about her heritage.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, manatita44 I have to agree with your about the clutter our treasures can cause, but I do love looking at them. Some folks just don't mind clutter, and that's a good thing. I have a friend like that....she has no photos on her walls of shelves.

      Thanks for your best wishes, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, travmaj My children have said I'm a hoarder, but I call myself a collector! I had a large collection of Hummel plates and figurines, too, but one of my Granddaughters took those cause she loves them too.

      Thanks for the congrats...I can't wait to get my hands on the newest babies.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, FlourishAnyway Yes, after I'm gone, my family will just have to decide what to do with those things I've kept! I do enjoy looking at all my little treasures, and remembering all the happy times.

      Hope you have a great day, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, vocalcoach Oh, I can imagine how many mementos you had from your children and students, too. It would be very hard for me to let go of my treasures. I was just lucky my family is sentimental, too, and wanted to keep many of my things.

      Thanks for reading and sharing. Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Anna Haven Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad to see you save your memories, too. Must be fun to go into your loft and just look at all your treasures. My best, Mary

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Well Mary, they're good for a while. This while could be many years! Ultimately, they can cause clutter, not only in the house but in the mind and heart. This is because they simply become too much.

      However, I do appreciate that not all feel this way. I am trying and would like my flat to hold even less. This will give me a still and silent mind, which ultimately is more important for me.

      Best wishes to your grandchildren. In Love and Light.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Mary, this is, simply, beautiful. I'm so impressed. I am a hoarder but somehow haven't organised as you have done.

      Leaving one country for another meant only bringing clothes, documents etc. However, since then, I've had plenty of time to write a daily diary or organise albums etc. You may state your diaries are not publishable etc but they remain an important social memento of a family life.

      I'm feeling a little restless now and should try to document some memories. Thank you for this, I'm feeling so nostalgic reading it, and little emotional. Congratulations on your two forthcoming greats - with very best wishes for the wake up call - Maj

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Keep what makes you happy and let your relatives worry about it after you are gone. I love being surrounded by all the past moments and memories that can come alive instantly.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I was once like you Mary, saving every single trace of each memory. I not only saved my children's treasures but hundreds of kindnesses my students gave me through the years. Then, when I moved from Nashville back to California to a small room in my daughters house I was forced to let most of these precious things go. It was hard for me. Thank you for sharing these lovely thoughts Mary. Sharing.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      I left a comment but it has disappeared! Hopefully it won't disappear this time.

      This is lovely Mary, your home is filled with memories and love. My loft is full of similar treasures here. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      This was lovely Mary. Your home is filled with memories and love. My loft is full of similar treasures. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Larry Rankin I don't think you are the "world's worst" at keep things that are sentimental to you. I think I have that distinction. It is amazing just how valuable these little things become in our lives.

      Thanks so much, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, always exploring Well, good luck with your moving; I don't envy you on that score. I hope and pray this move will be the last one for me! I just thankful my family wanted to keep my treasures in our family. You'll figure something out so you won't have to get rid of your sentimental stuff, I'll bet! Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, billybuc Oh, I think you are a sentimental person, maybe not so much for things....you have a very soft heart and soul. That is obvious from your writing. You are an old "softie" where people are, though.

      As always, thanks for reading my Hub and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Ericdierker I admit my Hubby was not as sentimental as I am. Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my Hub, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, bravewarrior Thank goodness I never received a card two feet tall! I have saved all the B'day etc. cards my family has ever sent me. They go right into the appropriate folder in the family album for the year.

      Yep, sounds like you are sentimental, too!! Thanks for reading, Mary

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm the world's worse about holding onto every little item I find nostalgia in.

      Great article.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Mary, I can relate so much with this story. I am downsizing too. I sold my home and bought a smaller one. I will be moving on the 28th of April. The thought of packing makes me ill. I have so many ' treasures ' My basement is full of ' Gone with the wind ' Elvis and Michael Jackson. Then the pictures and albums, so many items that I cherish like paintings from my gifted sister, and handmade pieces in frames. The house I bought has a basement but much smaller, but I'll figure out something. I can't let any of it go, so you can see I'm very much like you. Sentimental..Thank's for sharing. Loved it...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I voted no on the poll but not because I think they are silly little things....I'm just not a sentimental person with regards to things....but I certainly understand why people are....I understand the importance of memories. Beautiful thoughts here, Mary. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are right in the middle around here. I keep things and my wife throws them out. I fought it for awhile and then realized it is a happy medium. This was a wonderful article.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Saturday morning, Bob. You are blessed to have two grandchildren. I love it when I first get up in the morning and go into the bathroom, I see my treasures hanging from the wall the children made.

      Just the other day, my oldest granddaughter who is expecting, pulled down the family album I did the year she was born, just to look at her baby photos. She is anxious to see if her baby will look like her!

      Yep, I'm pretty sentimental (and proud of my family)

      So nice to see you, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, DDE. Yes, memories are golden. I don't keep things the way I used to, but now with the two new additions, I must resist keeping so much....I have NO space!

      Thanks for the visit to my sentimental Hub and leaving a comment, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Jackie Lynnley So, you are a sentimental person, too! I'm sorry you lost some of your things, that would be sad for me, too. Yes, I like to think my children will appreciate the fact that I kept so many things. I wish I had more things from my childhood, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Jodah, good morning! I think we women tend to hold on to sentimental things more than you men. My Hubby thought it was a little silly to keep all the things I kept.

      Thanks for reading and the vote. Have a wonderful day, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, ArtDiva I hope you are feeling better today. I wish I'd seen that Oprah show. Yes, change has been good for me. I enjoy my little apartment, although I miss my former house. People can spend a lot of money storing their things; I was lucky that my things were kept in the family. They are sentimental, too!

      Thanks for the visit to my sentimental Hub, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Nell Rose Thanks for the congrats on my newest additions to our family; they are both due the same day in June! I'll be busy that day if they both come on time.

      I always knew you and I had a lot in common! I have my children's first cut lock of hair, too.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a nice comment for me. Always good to see you, Mary

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Mary, I've kept everything of my son's as well. I still have a paper cup vase with the paper and straw flowers he made to go in it. I have all the crafts he made in daycare and cards he's given me over the years. When he was little, he'd buy me huge cards that stand two feet tall. I still have them.

      I guess I'm sentimental, too!

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      Bob Bamberg 2 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      What a wonderful read, Mary! In my old age I find I'm a little sentimental, but that hasn't been my character for the most part. And I have some regrets.

      I voted up, useful, funny and interesting. I voted funny for the subtle self-deprecating tone you adopted, but what's funny is I'll bet there are lots of people like me who wish they had "a little of Mary" within them.

      I wish now that I had taken more pictures of the kids when they were growing up, and saved more of the things they created during their childhood. I do still have a couple of bookcases or magazine racks my sons made in shop class, and some other precious items, though.

      We have two grandchildren, the son and daughter of my youngest son, and there will be no more. Our other kids either don't intend to have children or are approaching "the point of no return." So, all of our attention is focused on the 5 year old grandson and 11 month old granddaughter.

      My daughter in law has started a "museum" similar to yours and I think it's terrific. Her own folks saved a lot of things from her childhood, and they are now in her possession.

      Like that old German saying, "To old ve get shmardt." While many of us simply have a lifetime of memories that we can recall with remarkable clarity, you've got the tangible stuff that brings your life into focus with absolute clarity. Oh, how many of us envy you, and wish we had taken the time and made the effort you made.

      The fact that your kids love going through the memorabilia you've accumulated is testimony that you hit the ball out of the park! Well done!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible! Memories are golden when you treasure it in this way. The photos are lovely and you have shared a great part of you here.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I thought I was bad but you have me beat! Wish I had saved many of those things and I did have many things lost in a move that meant so much to me. Those really ripped out a piece of my heart.

      You will make your family so very happy many years after you have gone by being so thoughtful and well remembered because of it!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very sentimental hub Mary. Thank you for sharing. I am a little that way but my wife is very much like you. We don't discard of very much. Voted up. Nice photos too.

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      Hi, Mary! One of the few times I watched afternoon TV, home with illness, I watched Oprah with a guest interior decorator. She said change is good, even in reference to the "stuff of our lives." Memories are held in our minds and hearts, not so much in the physical article itself. I told the story to a friend who accumulated 4 storage lockers, not to mention the monthly cost, realizing there's a time and a place for all things, and a parting of ways when downsizing to a smaller space. Now, with just one small shed out back, half full. She's never regretted giving over her treasures to others to treasure. And, the memories, still in her mind and heart.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      First of all congratulations on two new great grand babies! That is awesome Mary!

      And your house and memories are wonderful. I have kept the first lock of hair my son had cut of his head at his first haircut in the hairdressers, he is 35 now! lol! and I have my ballet shoes, tutu and stage costumes in the cupboard upstairs! in the cabinet is my sons' handprint that we made into a clay figure when he was around five years old, and other things like old schoolbooks too! lol! seems we are very much alike!