Colleen sent us an email: I've got a question that came up this weekend when I stopped by my parents house. After raising 5 kids in one big old house, their attic has accumulated a TON of junk. Much of this is my parents' stuff - holiday decor, out of style home-decor items, detritus from their pre-children years, etc. There is also a TON of old toys, clothes, and "mementos" from the kids. My mom would like to take care of the attic soon as she really wants to downsize... My question is this: I consider myself to be pretty anti-clutter. I live in a small apartment with a small storage locker in the basement. What do I do with the stuff that I've now begun to accumulate from their attic? Clearly some things can be thrown out/recycled/given away, but then you get to the "mementos". Do I just buy a few 18 gallon rubbermaid totes, neatly pack them, and stack in my storage area? They saved EVERYTHING it seems, probably as a reaction to their own parents getting rid of their stuff as soon as they both moved out. What is a practical way to handle this situation, while maintaining my own sanity (and limited storage capacities)?
Please share your thoughts and strategies with Colleen in the comments below...thanks!