GSQ BlogFamily history across the seasHow do you decide?


How do you decide? — 6 Comments

  1. Pauleen, your blog will certainly hit the spot with many of us. I find it really hard to dispose of anything I have that has a special memory attached to it. Some items don’t tug at the heartstrings as much as others, so they are easier to ‘let go’. Your mum was a beautiful knitter and hopefully the cape is something you’ll be able to preserve; thankfully paper mementos are somewhat easier to archive correctly. Lots of decisions loom for us all.

  2. I hear you, Pauleen, but sit in my sizeable study surrounded by shelves, cartons and bags of treasures – I need serious help. As both you and Alex Daw have recommended Devon and Andrew’s book this week I will invest in a digital copy.

    BTW We sent all our precious grandparents’ brown furniture off to auction and replaced it with white IKEA and Freedom Furniture – it was difficult at the time but so liberating and more appropriate for a smaller home.

  3. This is such a difficult problem. I have items from my great grandmother that nobody in the family would want. Starting to think of what i should do with them to ensure they do t get thrown in the bin. Now that the paperwork has all been digitised I’m ready to give it all away to societies etc

  4. Hello the lovely Pauleen – oh yes, this is an agonizing topic indeed for many of us. Just yesterday I tipped out onto the matrimonial bed all the baby clothes that we have kept over the years – mine and the children’s. Stuff my mother had made for me and that I had made for the kids. Some items were soiled or mildewed – very sad. Our climate does not help here in Queensland. I think I am going to have to chuck a heap of stuff but some I will record for posterity.

    • Oh gosh Alex, that’s so hard when you have your own baby clothes as well. All mine and my kids got passed down to cousins (mine were mostly from cousins when I got them). Yes, that’s a great idea to record even those you decide to dispose of. Bobbie

  5. I’m a newby on GSQ Blogs so have been looking back at what others have written and their writing styles. Having researched my ancestors since the early 1980s after doing an evening course by GSQ at The Gap State School, I have also wondered what might become of my research and various items that are dear to me. I will seek out the Lees’ book that you recommend for ideas. My current thoughts are to label those family items that are dear to me with a brief story of why they are so dear. I can reinforce that by pointing these things out to my sons and their families when they visit.

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