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Purging/Downsizing/Decluttering old photos into one scrapbook?

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So....after 10+ years of lugging around a giant photo storage box, I finally went through it. You know....all those weird photos of an old aunt that somehow end up in one's posession?

 

Then I found the old scrapbooks from high school. I ran cross-country in high school and I had an amazing time. I'm very sentimental about that time in my life (I finally figured it out-- it was one of the few times ((not counting having my own family)) where I really felt like I belonged in a group and wasn't an outsider.) So, for me, it holds a lot of good memories.

 

Also doesn't hurt that I had a smoking hot bod from all that running. (30 something me is JEALOUS.)

 

Anyway-- I'm finally making myself cut down all those pictures to just one album. Pictures of me running...of the group in different situations. Part of me feels bad because I'm taking apart old albums and I'm not including as many pictures...but part of me just wants to simplify it.

 

Has anyone else done this? Just simplify tons and tons of photos and memories into a smaller number? Am I one day going to regret not having the picture of Friend X or Friend Y (who I haven't spoken to since I was 19 or so) at that New Years party? Or is it okay for me just to have a very small variety of pictures of me and my life at that time?

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I scanned all my old snapshots a few months ago and recycled them (of course making sure my computer is backed up multiple ways first). I didn't have a scrapbook anyways. I do still need to sort the photos on my computer so they are findable, but I'm pretty happy I did it.
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Only you know what is best for you. :)

 

Personally, I would declutter and simplify just about everything else in my life before I did it with my photographs. I value photographs and relationships (past, present, and future) very highly. Plus, I love scrapbooking, as a craft, and photo albums/scrapbooks, as art, and pictures themselves (photographer leanings since I was a teenager).

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I did! I scanned them all first in case I wanted to have/see them again. Then I kept all the very best ones, the ones I would actually miss if they were to be destroyed. I scanned everything, even the ones I was keeping just in case something were to happen to the originals as well.

 

DTmamal- I backed everything up on a hard drive, and organize them on the hard drive into folders by year and then month, so I can easily find things. Might work for yours too. 

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