Right before I started this wedding scrapbook, I organized and showed you the big box of stuff I’d saved from the wedding. I’ve scrapbooked the wedding.
You know what that means. The box’s time has come. It was the hard part and the easy part.
On the one hand, I was itching to clear out the box because I didn’t need the stuff in it anymore. On the other hand, I spent hours hand making a lot of crafts in that box and am attached to them.
I had to keep reminding myself of the all important rule: what doesn’t make it into the scrapbook goes buh-bye. The important stuff is in the scrapbook – that’s the point of the scrapbook.
A lot of what I got rid of were duplicates of things already in the book – extra favors, programs, table decorations, etc. It was still hard but I did it! I kept the rest of our response cards so I can make them into notecards. I also kept extra invitation envelopes to use with other stationary.
It’s all gone. Thrown out, recycled, reused, repurposed. I’m really glad to see that empty box.
Ah, it’s so hard to let go but yet you feel so good when you do. I know that feeling well! Good for you! Now you can fill up that box with goodies from new adventures! 🙂
Ha! The box has already been deputized for another task and is sitting full in the closet.
Wow, I’m so impressed by your discipline . As a saver by nature, I still have a few things stashed away that didn’t quite make it into the scrapbook… I should take your advice and go through the folders…
I like what Tammy said above, too, about filling the box with new adventures’ memories. What a great attitude (and it mitigates the transition :))
I’m a saver and the scrapbook is the only way I can get myself to let go of things. I still have a couple of “3D” items such as our cake topper. Everything that was in the box was duplicative of what was in the scrapbook already (like, do I need each of the table tents that had the names of our tables? I saved one and it’s in the book). It was still really hard, but freeing at the same time! And yes, the box is already full with other stuff. I transferred some items that were in an ugly cardboard box to it.
Oh man, I have so many things that I’ve kept even though they didn’t make the scrapbooks. I’m sure I’m going to have a hard time with wedding things, but you definitely have the right philosophy about it!
I still have a few wedding things such as the cake topper, toasting glasses, etc. But everything in the box either wasn’t important or was duplicative. While I wish I had completed the scrapbook earlier (not waiting 5 years), I think the time helped me get some perspective about what was important. I think if you had to get rid of stuff really soon after the wedding, it would be impossible!