If you have lived in your house for quite a few years chances are you have lots of things in your attic you do not need or have forgotten about having.
For us it has been over 40 yrs worth of stuff. Our weather is cooling down so its a good time to go into the attic.
We had 4 kids and I liked saving their stuff for some reason. I have not idea why I saved it because they left it all here lol.
As a child we moved a lot I remember at least 8 times and this was hard for my sister and me.
I wanted our kids to feel grounded and grow up in one home we are still living in the same home today. I always thought it was special my husband and his family grew up in one home and today his mom is still in that home.
My sister and her husband also raised their two boys in the same house and they still live in that same house.
From the beauty pageants, there were trophies, crowns and capes at least 3 years worth of these wins from our older two kids. Favorite stuff animals, dolls, toys, clothes and shoes.From baseball and softball, there would be jerseys, pants, belts, and trophies.
From 4H there would be livestock combs, boxes, halters and ropes.
Fast Forward to Jr High there would be stuff from football, track, volleyball, basketball, and tennis.
During high school, there would be stuff from softball and tennis. As well as stuff the boys made in wood shop.
School papers, poems reports, and drawings. I will keep the artwork.
Then there is special stuff to me like my great aunts dining room chairs antique ladder back wooden ones. An oak table with glass inlay my grandfather made with a beautiful pedestal. A tall oak end table my grandfather made. A few other odds and ends my grandfather and my dad made for me through the years.I will keep all this stuff.
I have some gords really big ones hanging in the attic my grandfather gave me 30 years ago. I was going to paint on them then I was going to make birdhouses out of them. I have never done anything with them but I think I will make some birdhouses.
My grandfather was able to get me some saw blades from a paper mill they are very large. I also have some vintage Avon bottles my grandmother gave me one time.Milk cans I have collected along with other things over the years. Vintage tins lots of Coca Cola stuff. Some vintage signs and some remake ones.
We will say goodbye to old trophies, capes, stuffed animals, dolls and anything else that was from our kids younger years.
Goodbye to clothes, shoes, uniforms, etc. They do not want it and we do not need it.
The stuff that I have collected I will go through and keep only what I feel the need to keep. Anything my husband, dad, grandfather or either grandmother made I will keep.
This clutter I never see but it bothers me a lot even though its in the attic.
They say when you declutter a space like your attic you feel freedom from what has been weighing you down.
A good decision.
Hard work. My parents moved when we were all out of the house and gave us a deadline to “come get your stuff’ or it was heading for the trash. So they ended up living their last 25 years without all the clutter from when we were little. But still, we have a house full of stuff they collected that we’ve never figured out what to do with.
Maybe try and let go of it a little at a time see if that helps.