One of the payoffs of doing all of this purging is that I have not only found some old, much loved items but I have enough space to display them. Tonight I riffled through my old comics collection* that I have resolved to get rid of and I found my "Batman The Dark Knight" graphic novel which is totally awesome and I'm keeping. Then I found something I thought I had lost long ago in a past life... My original 1st edition of the "Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles" this was before Eastman and Laird sold the rights and it got cheap and stupid.
I've also dug out a bottle of sand from my first trip to New Mexico; a tole painted bowl made by one grandma; a beaded palm tree made by the other; three hand carved wooden pieces made by my step brother; a clay dinosaur made by my art teacher in high school (Mr Hall); an Asian perfume bottle; and 4 ceramic tiles I bought years ago in Maine.
The monetary value of these things is pretty close to nil (especially the bottle of sand) but they are all meaningful to me and its a treat to be able to bring them back into my life.
* told you I was a geek!