I assume this is very common among INFPs.
Do you keep objects that may be useless to you now, just because you associate them with some past memories of yours? Maybe because they remind you of people who may have passed away or that you do not see very often nowadays. Or maybe because they just remind you of yourself, years ago. What about objects that are long gone, but that you wish you still had as a reminder of something? If so, any examples you want to share with the forum?
I really tend to associate a lot of things to inanimate objects. To the point of refusing to throw to the garbage a lot of stuff that to others is "completely useless". One of the things most important to me, in this sense, is a small mechanic toy with the shape of a worm that my grandfather gave me when I was around 5 years old. My grandfather passed away a long time ago, so I really like to keep this as a reminder, of both him and my childhood. I also keep a watch that my grandmother gave to me around the same age. It was a huge ass watch, which was essentially a toy shaped like a plane. You could open up the cockpit, and you would see the time. It was very uncomfortable to watch, and one of the few times I did actually wear it, I got in trouble at school because the alarm was turned on, it started to sound in the middle of a class, and I had no idea how to turn it off It doesn't work nowadays, but I still like to keep it because my grandmother lives very far away and I only see her once every few years (and, again, as a reminder of my childhood).
As for objects long gone, I remember I also had a toy shaped like an hedgehog. It was very well done, I gave it a nickname of its own and I remember it was by far one of my favorite toys. I have no idea where it ended up, and now when I think about it I get really nostalgic. I really wish I still had it.
Another object that I still keep and that I will probably never use, is a cap that the last friends I used to go out with gave me as a present for a birthday of mine. I never use caps, so it's unlikely that I'll ever wear it, but I still keep it in plain sight in my room as a reminder of both them and some moments I spent with them, even though I ended up drifting away from them because I didn't feel any sort of connection when I was around them.