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"Ditch your photo clutter!" says Practical Archivist

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Uploaded on Apr 23, 2010

HEY, NOT ALL PHOTOS ARE CREATED EQUAL! Sorry about the shouting, but sometimes people love their favorite photos so much that it sort of diffuses into a love for the format itself. There's nothing magical about a photo print that means you have to keep it forever. Keep lots and lots and lots of meh photos and you've hidden your real treasures. That's a shame.

MORE ABOUT THIS VIDEO: What you see me tearing up are prints I purged from my own personal collection. Many are duplicates, some are so awful that I'm ditching every copy. There's no reason to actually rip them up, it's just my way of getting your attention.

A much better idea is to send your duplicates to someone who will remember it, or get out your favorite scissors and a jar of modge podge at get decoupage-ing. Please don't ever do this with a keeper photo or an ancestor photo...but the clutter? That's fair game.

Ditching your photo clutter makes it cheaper and less of a hassle to treat the keeper photos right. Plus, if you keep everything your kids will have a much harder time figuring out which are the important ones. If they can motivate themselves to go through them all, I mean.

As for the keepers, store them in archival quality envelopes and folders and boxes. Keep them out of wet basements and too hot attics. Take the time to write down the stories behind your photos. The shortest pencil is better than the longest memory.

WORKSHOP ON CD: Want to do all the above but don't know how? I created a workshop that covers how to de-clutter, organize, preserve and scan photos, plus an easy peasy writing technique to save the stories behind your photos. Now you can get your own CD recording of "Joy of Organizing Photos" at http://joyoforganizingphotos.com/

DE-CLUTTER KIT: If you need some archival supplies for you keepers and you're reading this before the end of April 2014, my De-Clutter Photos Like An Archivist kit is what you need http://practicalarchivist.com/DeClutt...

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