A few days ago, you looked at the photographs you had on display in frames or tacked onto a corkboard. Today, look in a photo box or a digital file folder (or, if you have them, photo processing envelopes).
I remember years ago, going to a company outing and taking lots of photographs. This was back in the days of film, so I printed doubles of everything and left one set at work so people could take the photos they wanted and then I’d have a set for myself. Why did I need them?
Not a clue. I stored them in a neat photo box, but I didn’t look at them, for years. At one point, I was sorting through the box and realized I hadn’t seen some of these people in over a decade and I couldn’t remember some of their names. Why was I keeping these images? The fact that they were organized and labeled in a box meant that I’d held onto them for longer than I may have otherwise.
So, don’t overlook those photos stored by date and event in photo boxes or stored in digital files. You’re limited to a 15-minute purge, so if it takes you a quarter of an hour to locate the photo boxes, know the next time you sit in front of the television, drag out the box and pull out the blurry and over- or under-exposed images (that’s the easy part).
Then, toss the photos that are meaningless … people and places you can’t identify. If you keep photos, you are saying they are important enough to store … are they?
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.