This is the fifteenth post in our Kick the Clutter Challenge series. Today challenges you to filter through the boxes of photos.
Yes this is a tough one! We are a generation that still has boxes and boxes of photos. Photos of our parents, grandparents, babies, first days of school, homecoming dances, weddings, parties and other lifetime events along the way. And you may even have black and white snapshots of distant relatives that you kept from your parents—you have no clue who the people are in the photos but you feel guilty throwing them away since your Mom saved them for years. Sooo many memories in all those photos.
The one question to ask yourself: How often have I looked at these photos in the last couple of years? Am I really going to spend hours looking at photos as I grow older? Will my kids enjoy perusing through all these photos and will they even know who the people in the photos are? So you know what you need to do: Let go of the guilt and get rid of them, especially the faded, tattered snapshots of great uncle Gilbert and his ten children. Try not to spend too much time going down memory lane and just filter through the photos.
Designate one plastic bin for each one of your kids and then save a variety of photos of all their milestones. They may not want photos of great Aunt Greta whom they never met. And they probably aren’t interested in keeping every single photo of them at each homecoming dance. Better yet, just give the photos to them and let them choose which ones they’d like to keep.
Let us know how how freeing it is to filter through your boxes of photos and leave a comment below.