When I was married, my mother gave us a beautiful silver set that was passed down from her mother. It is a five piece set including: coffee, tea, sugar, cream and platter.
Since it is real (well I assume plated) silver, it tarnishes over time. So whenever people were coming over for holidays I’ve always spent thirty minutes polishing the set.
I have had the set over ten years and it has never been used. Ever!
If this was any other item in my house, it would be given away or at Goodwill by now. But it isn’t just any other item in my house, its an item with a lot of memories and history associated with it. These are the hardest items to eliminate from my life. Not just because the nostalgia associated with it, but also because my mother is sure to miss it the next time she visits my house.
So I have decided that when I visit my siblings this year for Christmas I will “honor” the items by gifting one of them the set. This way it is still in the family but out of my house.
I know that adding items to someone else’s house that will rarely be used is not really the Minimalist’s Way. But right now I am working on my life and will gladly assist them later if my Christmas gift changes their way of thinking about household items.