The Big Purge

When I covered 35mm/printed photo organization, I said what doesn’t make it into my scrapbook get tossed.  I meant it.

Here is the stack of leftovers.  When I was in college, I trotted down to the photo store almost weekly to develop photos.  I always got double prints.  Thinking about how much that cost gives me the shakes.  Still, that was back in a time when you had to get photos developed if you wanted to see them.  This is also back when your friends had to come over to if they wanted to see them because they couldn’t be shared online.  Ah, memories.

The other shudder-inducing fact:  photos aren’t recyclable.  I’m sending some of these to friends, but the rest will be shredded and put in the trash.  Nothing keeps me from over-printing digital photos now like thinking of the money I spent and throwing it away!

However, I’ve used what I’m going to use.  I’ve scanned the ones I want to save.  Everything else is just a lesson learned because I really value the space that will be freed.

Time to go work on that pile.


3 thoughts on “The Big Purge

  1. Life has become so much easier with digital cameras, hasn’t it? I sudder to think of all the photos I printed too – usually doubles! I have thrown out my share too because exposure was never good! But I’m much more stingy about the photos I print now and when ever I want to see my photos I just let my screen saver run and I see them all. Yes, so much easier…… 🙂

    • I always printed doubles too! That’s where the bulk of this throw-out comes from. I tried to send as many as possible to friends, but there was still a big pile left over.

      I need to remember to put the slideshow screensaver back on my computer!

  2. I always printed doubles and occasionally in triplicate. I went through the big purge a couple of years ago. I had 3 photo-boxes (that held a couple thousand photos a piece) that were just extra photos. I had already scrapbooked the stories I wanted from these photos. I kept a few extras from my childhood just in case. I kept photos of family and animals for my daughter’s art project. I mailed photos of friends to those friends. The rest were tossed. That was probably smart to shred them, it’s too late to do that now. With digital, I do still end up with extras, but not nearly as many as with film. Right now, I do keep the extras–mainly because they are of my daughter and I always see to come up with a new project idea where I need some “extra” photos.

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