Help! Can I Throw Away My Childhood Stuff?

- Very Serious: An Advice Column By Kelly Conaboy -
Help! Can I Throw Away My Childhood Stuff?

Kelly Conaboy is writing an advice column for Dipp readers. It's going to be very serious. So serious, in fact, we named it Very Serious: An Advice Column by Kelly Conaboy. Just email her at with whatever's bothering you and each week, Kelly will solve one lucky reader's biggest problem. You can read all of Kelly's excellent advice here.

Dear Kelly,

What advice would you give to someone about throwing away stuff they’re sentimental about? My mom gave me a box of things from my childhood that I don’t know what to do with, but it seems sad to throw it all out. But what else am I supposed to do with it?



Christine, what strikes me first about your question is the humor in your mom solving her own existential dilemma of how to deal with your useless childhood stuff by unloading it on you. “Here, Christine — uhhhhh, you deal with this.”

It seems that she was likely having the same problem: She didn’t want the stuff hanging around anymore, but couldn’t bring herself to actually get rid of it. Luckily for her, she had an easy escape, which was to give all of the old drawings and report cards and teddy bears, and whatever else, to her beloved daughter: you. Now the burden is off of her shoulders. Now she is free to live her life without a care. Now she is at ease and mentally sipping a piña colada on the guilt-free beach of her mind, while you are stuck in the cluttered walls of your self-imposed guilt prison.

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