Welcome to our 6th Annual Clutter Challenge where we will be sharing tips and ideas on how you can make your space more enjoyable.
This week, we are focusing on Photos and Albums.
We all have them: boxes of photos from the time before we all had a camera in our phone and shelves of photo albums that we created or inherited.
So, what do we do with all those pictures?
We suggest leaving the albums as is. Unless you’re really limited on space and have ample amounts of time, it doesn’t pay to convert the albums into digital storage. They’re already curated and stored. Leave them that way.
Now for the pictures in boxes:
Addressing the redundancies is something easier done by you. We suggest making a family project out of it. Not only will it allow you to relive the memories, it can be easier to let go of the extra photos by consensus.
The first step is to understand that the pictures don’t hold the memory. The pictures serve as a visual stimulus to recall the memory, but they don’t hold the memory themselves. This means that you can be more selective with what you keep and focus on your favorites.
After you have sorted all of the picture in boxes and are left with what you want to keep, it’s time to choose how you’re going to store them. Now is a great time to change your storage format and convert everything to digital.
There are numerous devices you can purchase to scan and convert your photos into digital files, if you have the time and want to do it yourself. However, there are also services that will do it for you. This article highlights the best conversion services available.
Once converted, the files will be ready to share with friends and family, and the original photos can be shared. What a nice surprise it would be for a loved one to receive a photo in the mail.
All my best,