purge

5 easy tips plus an important reminder that you can successfully tackle a large family photo project. I promise.

5 tips to help you preserve your one-of-a-kind family photographs 1. You can’t keep it all. Really, you can’t. I get surprised looks when I share this truth with my workshop participants. I realize it’s the opposite of what most people expect an archivist to say. But archivists know better than perhaps anyone else that […]

Contrary to popular belief, archivists do not keep everything. Whaaat? An archivist? Throwing things out? Yep. I spent more time learning the art of archival appraisal than any other skill while in grad school. And by appraisal, I mean deciding what to keep and what to toss — based on what items have enduring value. […]

. Ask yourself this: If a stranger took a peek at your 500 most recent photographs, would they all look the same? Then remind yourself that your great-grandchildren will more than likely be strangers to you. Will they really want to keep all of your photographs? Try a new perspective the next time you’re snapping […]

There’s an interesting article in the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel called: “What to Keep, What to Throw Away? Think Carefully About What’s Really Important Before You Make a Decision.” . Read it here: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-165052691.html . Here’s an excerpt from author Cindy Larson: Like many other baby boomers, I suspect, my house is overflowing with boxes of […]

Keep me.Protect me.Share me. Sorry to be such a tool for Kodak, but some of you are going to love it as much as I do. They turn the schmaltz up to eleven* for this one. Excellent photo montage mixing classic historic photos with “this could be your life” snapshots. The kids, of course, are […]

Not long before I left with my kids for a Spring Break trip to Florida, bekee sent me an email about the cool new Unclutterer blog. More specifically, she pointed me to a recent entry about purging photo collections called “Photo Processing (with a Garbage Bag).” Overall, I thought the author made some great points, […]

Contrary to popular belief, archivists do not keep everything. In fact, one of my archival professors used this memorable rhyme: “When in doubt, throw it out!” When I tell people this I usually get a surprised look. An archivist? Throwing things out? Yep. I’d be willing to bet I spent more time learning the art […]