How many times have you tried to find a particular photo but, after hunting everywhere it still eludes you? Having fewer photographs stored meaningfully and with easy access, are better than a mass of images hidden away in various old boxes.
After sorting all the photographs into the KEEPERS and OTHERS box (previous post) my task became rather more strategic.
I listed specific individuals and occasions within the following groupings:
- Key family members (Mum, Dad, Siblings, Nieces etc)
- Extended family (Grandparents, aunts, cousins etc)
- Special friends (A, B, C etc)
- Key family Events (Birthdays, Weddings, Holidays etc)
- Important Places (we lived in, we visited)
- Historical (Images that placed someone at a historical moment or a historical place)
Round three – taking the KEEPERS, I carefully sorted photographs into piles according to the list.
And also added separate piles of:
- Couples or Pairs
- Family groups
- Groups of friends
Post it Notes, elastic bands and old envelopes were great for labelling and keeping piles together – especially as this took several sessions, with numerous interruptions.
Dilemma: Those photos of people from the past for whom there is painful history?
Some examples: ex-partners; a ‘disgraced’ family member; friendships that faded; traumatic events like a car accident. I’m not just referring to relationships that you or I have a personal attachment to but such photographs that might create awkwardness for other family members if present in a collection.
Trying to make decisions whether to keep them or not is emotional and fraught with hooks. I placed ours to one side – in a labelled pile FOR ANOTHER TIME – in order to concentrate on getting the bigger task done.
Next post: The Final collection of Old Photographs to Keep