With the passing of yet another Valentine’s Day, I am finding myself thinking of both my loving husband and my clients. There is a nexus, I promise. Like so many holidays, on Valentine’s Day we often receive token’s of affection from our loved ones. Flowers. Candy. Cards. How long do I keep them? Flowers of course wither, and candy never seems to last a few days around my house. But what do I do with the cards? When I was young I would have kept the empty heart-shaped box, perhaps filling it with the loving notes we all received as teens. As an adult and a Professional Organizer I’m not as inclined to hold onto everything, but the cards? My husband’s sentiments were sweet, but how long do I hold onto it?
I think the answer might be different for everybody, but we should consider two facts. First, we all have a finite amount of space in which to store things, which brings me to my second point. Nobody wants to be featured on “Hoarders.” One of the key components of getting and staying organized is to constantly assess what you want or need to keep. For me, the sentimental tokens are the hardest to part with. Some I keep, and others I don’t. To be clear, I am not suggesting that you go through your home and get rid of anything sentimental. I am suggesting that if you are committed to staying organized, you have to be vigilant about what you keep and how. And, if you’re going to keep fewer things, be sure the things you keep are meaningful.
I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day. I’m off to scan my card onto my hard drive… xo, Connie