Decluttering Project, Day 3 Part 1, Emotionally Hard Decisions
Paso Robles, California
September 15, 2018 6:48pm CST
One of the hardest parts of decluttering is getting rid of things you saved for emotional reasons, like I saved this hat for 27 years. It was Jason's Webelos hat when he first joined Cub Scouts. When Jason died in 1991, it took a while before I could handle removing the things in his room. We gave away his bed to a needy family within a few weeks, and we gave away most of the clothing to people who needed it. We gave his almost new bike to a close friend of his. Jason had crossed the bridge to become a Boy Scout by 1991 and died a few months afterward. He was buried in his uniform. But it had a different hat. I was left with this one, and it brought back many mother/son scouting memories. When we moved here in 1993, I packed the items that brought back the most memories in a single box and the hat was in it. Over the years I've managed to cull what's in the box . Some items are still there, but I decided today I need to let go of this. Keeping it won't bring Jason back. I checked out the Boy Scout store to see if this hat is still part of any uniform, but they've updated it. So I can't even spare a poor child the expense with a gift. I don't think anyone would be able to use it. So I'm afraid I'll have to toss it in the bin for the trash collector on Monday. I took a photo to preserve the memory without the item. Are there any items with sentimental value that belonged to someone you love you would have a hard time letting go of? Have you ever had to clean up the possessions of a loved one who has died? What was the hardest part of it for you?
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• Marion, Ohio
@bagarad I know that consciously but subconsciously am not ready with his stuff. It is not a lot. I did donate his clothes and bed. His shot glass collection the other 3 kids divided. My son has other things from his brother that he took home also.
@bagarad I am very sorry how hard it is for you. I moved from an apartment that I lived in for about 17 years to a smaller one. I had to throw before moving and while moving and still now. it is very hard to part with things that mean so much. I helped one person for a little bit and I have been helping my friend and we have done amazing things with what we have done so far.and I need more clients but not easy to find them.
• United States
I am so sorry. I know how this feels. It took me awhile before I was able to start getting rid of some of my mother's and brother's things. I also hate that you can't get donate it in hopes of helping reduce the costs of a uniform for another boy scout. Would they boy scouts oranization accept it at all? Or maybe there is a collector who might want it?
• Paso Robles, California
@ScribbledAdNauseum The Boy Scouts have undergone a lot of changes since 1991, including now letting girls be members. I wonder how long it will be before the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts merge and just become The Young Scouts of America or something. They seem to have bought into today's political correctness in the direction of gender neutrality.
• United States
I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your son Jason. Loss is unbearable. I know. I am swallowed with grief at this time. That is a very cute hat and I love the pins on it. You are doing good my friend. Take good care of yourself.
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
There was a vest that belonged to my late dad who served with the U S Military in Guadacanal in 1942 which now is the possession of my sister who lives in Pine Louisiana which is the North Shore of the New Orleans region.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
We, my siblings and me, had to go through and clean out the house when we sold our parents home. They were in assisted living at the time. It was still hard to go through everything. I have some of the furniture and material Mom had for sewing. I have her sewing machine, but it doesn't work. I had to buy a new one. I'm glad you have the picture.