Last week I wrote about some of the "sorting tools" I used in a recent sorting session with my mother. This week you'll see how the session went.
This particular session, we chose a couple of cabinets in the dining room to work on. There was a lot of the usual household decorating items like candles and napkins that were quickly dispensed with - as in keep that, get rid of that, so and so might like this. Occassionally an item would appear that would incite a story. That's when I would reach over and quickly push the record button on my little audio recorder that I kept on the dining room table.
There were also a couple of items that belonged to my grandparents. Had I not been made aware of that, I probably would have chosen to give those items away without much thought. Now that I know, the items have been labelled as to who they belonged to. They will make nice mementos. One is a pie server with an interesting handle. The other is a southwestern pottery mug.
The mug represents something rather cool in that I have my grandparents slides and travel journal from their trip to Arizona where they no doubt bought this mug.
Here's what I took away from this session:
1. Some family stories. Some of which were downright hilarious!
2. A couple of cleaned out cabinets.
3. Mementos for various family members.
4. A better sense of what's important to my mother.
5. A really fun afternoon.
Next week I'm sorting through some really old bills.
Copyright 2010, Michelle Goodrum