When I was decluttering my books, I realized that half of my tall bookcase was filled with photo albums and unsorted boxes of photos that have been ignored for years. I decided to make that my next project: decluttering photos and only keeping the photos and albums that give me joy.
The lower half of the bookcase is all photos and assorted magazines and paper clutter:
I pulled out all the photos and albums and this is the tall tower of memories that I will be sorting:
These days if I want to capture a moment with a photo I’ll use my iPhone. The photo is captured by date in my phone and I can scroll through the photos deleting the ones that did not come out to my liking. I have even recently started uploading them on our back up drive so that I will have enough space on my phone to capture the aforementioned moment worth photographing!
Back in the Day
For those of us old enough to remember days without cell phones, photos used to take time to process. Things are very different now. Like so many things today, there is no wait time in photography – we take a photo, save or delete, and can immediately share it with our friends and family if we choose to. Not only can it keep us connected to faraway friends and family, but it is also cheaper and can cut down on physical clutter.
A lot of my photos are from my years growing up with a point and shoot automatic camera that I would load film into, take the film canisters into a store (or mail them) to get developed, and hope that some of the shots turned out decent. I usually got double prints so that I could give a copy to friends. I was not a serious photographer. I was merely trying to capture events, friendships, and different seasons of my life growing up.
I already know that I want to take the photos out of the big bulky photo albums and trash the photo albums. They are all at least 20 years old. My plan is to go through them a few times.
- Trash the duplicates and fuzzy pictures.
- Pile them by events/years/categories
- Go through the piles and choose the best photos that capture that event/year/category.
- Send them to a service to digitize them (along with some VHS tapes)
Have you decluttered your photos? Any helpful hints or suggestions on how to tackle this?