Living in a Hotel FAQ: How to handle sentimental items


  1. Why am I living in a hotel again and is BF living with me?
  2. How living at a hotel works & the cost of it (cooking, laundry, rates, mail, apartment hunting)
  3. Purging my wardrobe (again) — this one is very difficult for me because I love wardrobe variety
  4. General re-purging process — what did I allow to pass the test and what have I decided is not worth it any longer?
  5. How to handle sentimentality — photo frames, sewing machine — would it all fit into one suitcase?

How to handle sentimentality when you’re in a hotel room

I am not the best person to answer this because I  don’t get sentimental, but I shall give it a shot.

I am attached to my clothes, shoes and jewellery (only because I paid good money for them, they’ve been tailored to fit me perfectly and I’ve spent hours breaking them in!)… but as for photos or things like a sewing machine given to me by my grandmother, I don’t feel a need to keep it, if it is too bulky or heavy to move with.


My own personal rules:

  • If I don’t actually use it, I don’t keep or take it just to be sentimental.
  • If I can’t pack it away without it taking too much space, I don’t take it
  • I digitize everything: I take photos of things like sewing machines or big items to remember them
  • I give them to other family members to hold & keep, so I can visit/cherish them on THEIR space
  • Home is where the heart is — I am more attached to having BF around in person, or seeing my family in person

Suggestions for others:

  • Take ONE photo frame and rotate the photo(s): Umbra makes a nice big collage-like frame you could try that with
  • Ask yourself why you’re keeping it — if it’s for the memories, but you don’t use it, photograph it
  • Digitize all your photos: I never print photos for myself any longer, I keep them all digitally stored
  • Prioritize your space: Is that desk from your Aunt Betty more important to you than a cabinet from Uncle Mike?
  • If you haven’t touched or seen it in more than a year, it isn’t really that important to you.

I’m not really into decoration, souvenirs or gifts I don’t use, and I’ve gotten a lot more ruthless over the years as I keep moving and packing, unpacking, re-packing and shifting my things.

It takes a toll on your psyche and I’d rather just let the things go.

But if you stay in your home a long time, I wouldn’t sweat it too much, unless you’re a Secret Hoarder, who keeps old tissue boxes because you can’t let them go.

Other than those tips above, I can’t help much other than to really emphasize that de-cluttering and being a minimalist is a never-ending process and journey, not a project with a deadline.

Take it easy.

Take one room at a time.

Don’t stress out about it.

Be ruthless.

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.