Working in the world of Estate Sales we often meet with families going through the process of what to keep and what to sell. Nine times out of Ten, we hear, ” Well, I don’t really want this item, but it has been in the family so I guess I have to keep it.” We always encourage families to keep and pass on things that have a special meaning to the family. The unfortunate side of this is that no one really wants the item so they guilt-fully take it with the hopes of passing it on to one of their children or a niece/nephew in the coming years. It is unofficially called, passing on the burden.
The NY Times has an old article, that still rings true in this regard. Read the original story here.