It’s Ok to save a little
You can tell your teen (or yourself) that it is ok to keep a few keepsakes. Keep in mind however that if they are really special, they should be on display somewhere so you can enjoy them. But to display things – do it in small numbers.
However, if you would like to have a great way to give your teens some freedom to keep some things (thus making it easier to purge other things) – the easiest way is to have a defined limit on how much can be saved.
Find a container. It can be a box – from shoebox to larger box. Be sure it is not too big to fit on a shelf in your basement or closet. I would suggest a clear box, so you can see what is inside.
The Limit – They can keep no more than what can fit into their keepsake box (you can make up your own name for it). One of my clients and I named it her “Happy Box”. If they have more than one box…then they have to make decisions. Which item is it that is really worth saving?
Remind them that they can take pictures of items they give up.
Keep the goal in mind: To clear out the clutter. To have a room that is peaceful and calm – a place to think and getaway.