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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Scan it or sling it

I may have mentioned this before in a feeble attempt to "out myself" but it clearly did not work.

This pile of paper and old photos has been following me around for over ten years but the contents are way, way older than that.  I intended to deal with the old pictures in those boxes BEFORE we left Hampshire but ran out of time.  Since then these boxes have moved around from cupboard to cupboard and now sit behind my office chair, the idea being that they are readily accessible so I will either scan them or sling them.



It is not working, all that happens is the piles gather dust and are in the way.  They do not just physically get in the way - they are a constant mental drain.  It would have been fairly pleasant in the garden today, cold but clear and bright, however, I decided upon long term rewards over short-term enjoyment.

Let us not forget the pile which made it as far as the scanner.  I sorted this lot out so long ago I can no longer remember what criteria we decided upon for keeping or throwing, so I need to start all over again . . . sigh.



There's not a huge difference between the before and after picture, but it is a start.  "All" I need to do now is maintain the momentum {stop laughing at the back, please}.






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  1. Just think how much better you will feel once it's done. X

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    1. I know Jules, it's the only thing which is keeping me going!

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  2. My Mother died 4 years ago and I still have piles of photo albums to sort out, plus a huge box of photo frames, which will probably go to charity shops. Would probably have sorted them out before now but hubby insisted on putting them in the loft "out of sight, out of mind".

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    1. I'm sorry for your loss Eleanor, I'm guessing sorting through stuff from your Mum is different from sorting through your own bits? You will deal with it when you are ready :)

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  3. You've made a start so you can do it Jayne. I have to say in my case I'm the same as Eleanor's hubby, out of sight, out of mind.

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    1. Thanks Eileen. xx
      out of sight, out of mind is exactly why this lot are in plain sight and in my way! I have had to deal with a couple of house clearances (deceased person) and it is/was heartbreaking how much ends up in a skip, because no-one else wants it. After the second time I promised I would never have so much junk around that someone would have to go through the same process with my stuff.

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    2. PS: I have a friend who could not bear to get rid of some of her mother's furniture . . . and later she would not get rid of her aunt's furniture. And I get exactly why that is, but it means she has an entire finished basement (American, it's the size of their house!) that you can barely move in. And she cannot use these pieces because there is no room upstairs for them :-(

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  4. Every home has boxes of photo's waiting for someone to look at them..........

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    1. I know 😀

      and I bet every home has piles of photos where, when you eventually do look at them, someone says "where the hell is that, or who the heck is that?" 😁

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  5. Dear girl, I can identify! That kind of project takes persistence and sometimes that's hard to come by, at least at my house. Have fun!

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    1. The reason I have made a blog about it is to help maintain the pressure - I really don't want these boxes gathering dust for another ten years!

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  6. Old photo albums! What horrors they provide. And desk drawers full of old, old photos!
    Used to want to put names on the back of all, and do something with them. No scanner any more, so that's not an option.

    Now I will be horrible. Are you prepared? >,-) At this point in my life (80+), I think they will go upstairs, some are already... And after we are gone, they can be junked, by children.

    They already know, that I do not put any *duty* on them, to *keep* anything of mine. !!!! Their father is different, but I can't worry about that issue. ,-)

    I have tried and tried, to clean out our *stuff.* And it never works. He is not so willing to do so.... So... I give up. They will know, I tried.

    My main "duty" now, is to deal with moving our bedroom, to down stairs. That will be an interesting and purging thing, in itself. Don't have mental energy left, to worry about photos.

    Seeee...? I am *awful*! -evil grin-

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    1. If we cannot remember what something is then the picture is definitely getting binned, it clearly isn't important enough to have retained the memory.

      I don't think you are being horrible at all - you are doing what you can, and at least you have discussed "what to do with stuff" with your children.

      I saw on your blog you've signed a contract to have the work done downstairs, what a great way to start the new year :)

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  7. I'm not "laughing", as I've a lot of the same sort of things I must do. Just on catch up after visitors for the last few days.

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