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Buried in a Sea of Photos...
Photo organizing is definitely a hot topic these days! Most of us have boxes and old albums full of printed photos, digital photos all over our computers, old home movies we can't watch anymore, not to mention boxes of memorabilia and children's artwork. We don't know what to do with it all, and it continues to pile up, creating an even more difficult situation to deal with. It becomes a vicious cycle. One couple who was at one of my recent events told me, "We're here because we can no longer walk into our office." Another woman said she was there because her husband keeps all of their memory cards in a drawer as backup. And when I mentioned digital hoarding, many people agreed that that term describes them! Many of us download our memory cards but don't go through and delete the pictures we don't need, taking up extra space on our hard drives and making it more difficult to go back later and find the pictures that are truly important to us.
It's not that we don't feel like our pictures are important. To the contrary, our photos and memorabilia are extremely important to us! Studies have shown that after family members and pets, our photos are the next thing we would try to take out of a burning house. So why have we let ourselves get into such a state of disarray?
The answer to that question is easy...lack of knowledge and time. It's as simple as that. But we took those pictures (or saved that memorabilia) because they had meaning to us. Personally, I think we owe it to ourselves to create a system to ensure our photos are available to us in the future. But it's easier said than done.
Creating a Plan to Preserve Your Memories
If you live in the Northeast, and you'd like to hear more about how to jumpstart the memory preservation process, please join me at one of my upcoming community events. I'll be at The Memory Studio in Old Greenwich, CT on May 3rd, at the Cherry Hill Library in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on May 8th, at the Fairfield Museum and Historical Center in Fairfield, Connecticut on May 15th, and the Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester, CT on May 16th. They're listed under my Events tab at the top.
There's lots of other places to get information on preserving your memories. Your Digital Life is one of my favorite sites. Techlicious recently posted a great article on The Best Photo and Video Digitizing Services. If you'd like some help and want to work with a professional, check for a photo organizer local to you on APPO's website. They can help you with your digital dilemmas too! You can also join their Facebook Group: Association of Personal Photo Organizers for tips and techniques.
Photos are a gift we leave to future generations
One way or another, I hope you'll find a way to get help with your photos. How great would it be to know that you won't be a stranger to future generations? I want my grandchildren and great grandchildren to know what life was like for my generation, and I also want them to know ME, and where they came from. It truly is a gift that we can offer them. Watch for my upcoming blog from guest blogger and genealogist Jen Baldwin on how to research your past!