I have always felt photos were sacred, a moment in time that can never be replaced. I thought that a photo needed to be saved forever. However, I have come to realize that there are reasons to throw away photos. (GASP!)
|3 of the small boxes of photos from my mom's house.|
My mom has two 20 gallon totes and numerous boxes filled with photos still in the envelopes from the developer. It has become my task to sort and organize these photos. This process has made me look at my own photos differently. If I'm going to scrap them, they are sorted and organized ready to scrap. If I'm not going to scrap them they need a new home. That new home may need to be the trash can!
Here Are 3 Reasons to Throw Away Photos
1. You have no clue when, where, or who is in the picture. (These are typically pictures of scenery on a trip and you don't know which trip.)
2. The photos are of an event or activity that only you participated in and it no longer is important to you. (Ex. I was a teacher for 22 years and took photos of my classes over those years. I chose the most important photos and tossed the rest. They're not something my family will ever care to look at.)
3. Photos you're not going to scrapbook or put into a photo album need a new home. Keep a digital copy and any negatives, then gift the photo to someone else. If nobody wants it, throw it out. If your family/friends don't want the photos now they will not want to sort them later. Don't leave that task for your family to handle in the future. Toss them out.
I know it'll be hard but you can do it, good luck, Karen