My parent's have been very generous to allow me to keep my things in this closet. But considering there are five people still actually residing in their house, it hardly seemed fair that I was taking up the largest closet.
Thus, I gathered up storage binds, garbage bags and a box marked "Donate" and got to work packing away some memories.
Choosing which memories to store away and which ones to toss was bittersweet. I was nostalgic as I sorted through hundreds of items, many of which brought me back to a very specific moment in my life. The costumes from my days as a theatre major were the best - Goneril from Shakespeare's King Lear, Raina from Arms and the Man, The Ghost of Christmas Past from A Christmas Carol, and Raven from The Robber Bridegroom - all characters that I was very proud of and cherished playing.
The end result of the closet purge wasn't quite as dramatic as I had hoped (the closet held much more that wasn't mine than I had thought). But, I felt accomplished and my parents were grateful, so the goal was still a success!
Here is the closet before:
(The door wouldn't even open the whole way!)
Here is the closet after:
(My parents can actually get to the gun safe now! Can you spot it in the before picture?)
(And the door is fully opened!)
Here is the mass I removed from the closet:
(Two bins of "memories" for the attic, one bin of hand-me-downs for my sisters to wear later, three and a half bags of garbage and one box to donate)
I think accomplishing a goal with such tangible results was a very satisfying way to kick of Project 101 in 1001! But it was going through a whole closet-full of memories that was the highlight.
Q4U- What is one special item that you have packed away as a memory-keeper?