I’ve been sorting, scanning, filing, deleting, tossing, and storing photos for a month. It’s part of my “finally clean and REALLY organize the office” project this summer. At first it seemed like an overwhelming task. But once I broke it down into specific tasks and began devoting an hour a day to at least one of them, it finally became “doable” and I’m happy to say that I’ve made significant progress.
As you might imagine, I have thousands of photos on my computer. I’ve uploaded some of them to photo services that do not delete them. I have some in albums on other sites. I’ve shared some with family members. I have some on flash drives and even old CDs. Since I currently take about 50 photos per day and save at least ten of those, I also delete about 75 per day from my old files- because unfortunately there were a couple of years when I didn’t delete anything!
I also have old negatives, slides, and photos in storage boxes. I just finished taking many of my older photos OUT of their albums and transferring them to photo storage boxes. Most of them were in old albums with plastic pages that were damaging them.
I approached this project as something that needed to be done and be done quickly. However, it hasn’t quite worked out that way! Lol I failed to realize how entertaining it would be to see some of our old family photos again. There have also been a few photos that I somehow completely forgot that I had- even though I had taken them myself.
Of course it’s fun to see photos of my grown-up offspring as infants and children. Interesting to see old houses, pets, cars, etc. However, it’s also somewhat depressing to see so many photos of family members and friends who are no longer with us. My trip down memory lane has been a bit painful, yet cathartic. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I began this project just before my dad died.
I’m sure I’ll be sharing more photos in the near future, but I’m going to start with these two. The first one is my granddaughter (now in college) sitting in an old desk that I’ve had since about 1992. The other is my great-nephew sitting in the same desk when they visited after Dad’s funeral. Perhaps one day I’ll share a photo of my great-grandchild sitting in it. (Not encouraging anyone yet!)