A while back, I had mentioned the situation of having water in the basement and the impact to the things, pictures, memorabilia that represents our history. Perhaps you have experienced it to some degree. Fortunately for us, I believe it could have been much worse.
This incident has become the catalyst for the motivation we needed to go through the numerous cardboard boxes we have had in the storage room for the six or so years since we’ve blended our households–stuff we’ve each accumulated over many years. I think you know what I’m talking about. Actually for us it was mostly files, paperwork and books, besides the pictures and more personal things.
After contacting a shredding company and setting a date for them to come to the house and shred our information sensitive documents, we now had a date toward which to work and get things organized to be taken care of.
Recently we took a Saturday and went through our stuff, finding old pictures, books and other things, many long forgotten and easily recognized when found. For my husband, having been a hall of fame coach for a few different programs, there were numerous boxes representing all of that. He was obviously enjoying the aspect of remembering special moments from his past.
It’s a good feeling to have gotten through about 90% of what we needed to and now having our stuff in plastic bins… lots of plastic bins. We have about two dozen boxes for the shredding truck when it comes. When you have been in real estate for about fourteen years, you have accumulated lots of transaction files with lots of peoples’ sensitive information. By the way, if anyone reading this has been a real estate client, know that your documents are being shredded.
What is your experience with the things that represent the memories of your past? Are your things safe from hazards like water in the basement? Have you had a catalyst occur that prompted you to go through your stuff? How have you protected your stuff? Would love to hear of your experiences in this area.