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How Photographs Can Help Declutter Homes.

Because things that are tied to emotionally significant memories may represent a piece of our identity, taking photos can preserve memories tied to sentimental items. Researchers Julie Irwin and Karen Winterich found that photographs can preserve the memories tied to sentimental items and make people more likely to donate them. In other words, people don't want these things -- they just want to keep the memories they represent intact. When grownups capture the memories they associate with their favorite stuffed animal in a photograph, they often stop fearing they will lose those memories and feel free to let go of the item.

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