Do you own a lot of items that were once owned by a relative?
What is your reason for keeping them?
Is it sentimental?
Do you want to pass it down to your kids?
Are you afraid they would be mad at you if you were to give it away or throw it out?
Only keep items that have great meaning to you, that you enjoy having around and that fit into your lifestyle. My friend lost both his parents and he has a Rubbermaid container with memories of them – a favourite sweater, hat, some photos, mementos. etc.
If you want the reminder but not the object, then take a picture or even a video of you holding it and explaining the story behind the object. Then let it go, box it up for charity, and allow room in your lives for things that YOU love. Cheers!