Ive got it in spades. So much so that my husband gets really angry. I see no need to keep much of anything. I don't record events, I don't really have pictures of my kids (my parents do, dh does but I'm not sure I've ever really taken more than a dozen or so of any of them.) Projects and papers from school? Why do I need those? Well, I don't. But the argument is that my kids may at some point? Am I heartless? No one can believe that I don't have files of all this...stuff.
I remember when my mother presented me with my portfolio, basically. it was full of drawings I did, projects I made, things I wrote etc. from age 2 on up. It was interesting to look through, but I took it home and tossed it. I mean, what the heck am I going to do with it? Dh's mom is the same way. She has so much CRAP from when he was little. He's in his forties!!! Seriously?!? How long are you going to lug this stuff around!?
Honestly I just don't get it-the need to hold on to things the kids make or do. You guys here *might* be my last hope in striking a balance. Are you supposed to keep child related stuff? I'm willing to be wrong, and I'd love to hear what you all have to say. It just doesn't come naturally to me. So the question is how can I stay as minimal as I want to be without crushing other people's spirits?
For instance, I love the cards they make. Adorable. I have no problem tossing them though. Am I going to regret this at some point? Is there some sort of formula about what to save if you do?
Right now I have several file boxes of school papers which dh wouldn't allow me to throw away. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Every bit of homework, every quiz, every art project....It's like 2-3 boxes a year.
I'm happy tossing everything. I've been known to toss large boxes of things (my things) without looking at what was inside. I no longer have any remnants of my life pre-kids. I am just not attached to STUFF. But, is there going to be a point at which that's my downfall? Help!