Break-ups suck. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Even the relatively clean, mutual break-ups sting a little. There's the sudden unburdening of emotions. The picking up things left behind at one another's apartment.
Some people like to get rid of the entire memory. Pictures burned. Texts and emails deleted. Sentimental gifts thrown in the trash. Others may pretend the little mementos don't exist and allow them to collect dust wherever they may be hiding.
I guess there are good and bad things about keeping mementos from a relationship. I'm a rather sentimental girl and, if I haven't already written some mediocre story about a love interest, I like to keep small things. I don't see harm in remembering them fondly or indulging in the emotions often entangled with remembering them.
Then again, we sometimes hear stories of current love interests who don't like the fact that you've held onto such and such that so and so gave you however long ago. It could possibly create quite a tiff.
Do you keep mementos from a relationship? Why or why not? Do you think it's justifiable for an SO to get mad about you keeping something from a past relationship?