I need help. Although I tell myself that I love organizing things, I think that might apply only to boxes in closets and/or UHauls. I can’t figure out what to do with 20 cubic feet of memorabilia. Furthermore, I can’t figure out why I think I need to figure out what to do with all that stuff. It’s already crammed into a chest of drawers. Why do I think I need to do anything else with it? Unfortunately, it’s too late for that kind of thinking; everything’s already strewn about the computer room, and that makes Jonathan unhappy.
My real question is, how do YOU organize your 2D keepsakes? What scheme makes the most sense given their most likely future uses? Realistically, what ARE their most likely future uses?
Thus far, I have the following organizational possibilities, which can be combined in various ways:
- Scan all photos into the computer and throw prints away
- Organize photos (in computer or in print) chronologically
- Organize photos (in computer or in print) by theme
- Make photo albums
- Make scrapbooks
- Make Shutterfly books
- Combine other paper memorabilia with photos
- Create separate scrapbooks of other paper memorabilia
- Assume that my kids will enjoy going through thirty boxes of unsorted papers and pictures…and also through 1000 directories of digital pictures…
And, I should certainly consider my own personality in making these decisions. Part of the reason that I haven’t organized my stuff that well is that I never finished my high school scrapbook in which I sought to present EVERYTHING (photos, papers, car keys, etc) in ornate, hand-painted layouts with detailed captions and even essays about major themes in my life. It would have been a great keepsake, but it was overly ambitious (for me) and therefore never got done. So there’s that.
In conclusion, I’m interested in how other people manage this problem. Have you guys digitized all your pre-digital pictures? Did you keep the original prints? The negatives? If you scrapbook, how long does it take you to make a scrapbook? If your answer is anything less than “one decade,” do you have any tips for staying interested? What do you think the most valuable parts of your scrapbooks are?