After my parents died and I emptied their apartment I am left with a considerate amount of moving boxes with memorabilia:
These include among other things:
- photos of my parents and me and my brother as children
- photos of my grandparents and the youth of my parents
- diaries of my parents
- my parent's study notebooks from college
- a lot of personal letters from my grandparents
- old newspapers (begin of the 20th century)
- parents work notes
- school notes from me and my brother
- random memorabilia from our youth, like our first school backpacks or baby bath tube
I have to admit I am a little bit overwhelmed. I think I inherited from my parents the inhibitions to throw stuff away, but I know I cannot keep it all because it is so much.
I read some parts of
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo and I think I can summarize the book like this: "Pick up each individual piece and decide if it makes you happy. If not throw it away" But still that seems so fuzzy and labor intense and I am afraid, if I just throw everything away I will be sorry in 20 years.
How would you approach such a task?