Before you start selecting your “keepers”, determine how much space you will allow for storing your collection. Sentimental memorabilia are easy to accumulate. It is also absolutely the hardest to let go of once it has taken root in your home. Therefore, it is helpful to limit yourself to a manageable amount. Think of a size that your kids and grand-kids will likely have time and energy to enjoy. Remember, your goal is to create a collection that is not burdensome and overwhelming. Once you determine your space limits, be tough about what deserves a physical spot in that place.
To avoid this step in the future, remember this tip: be selective about what you bring in to your home. Opt to take pictures of the paraphernalia at special events, rather than the item itself. You will receive greater enjoyment from shareable pictures.