At Christmastime, I went through the Christmas decoration box and pulled out the Christmas photo cards that I planned to scan and save as digital images on the computer. Those all went into a pile near the scanner/printer. Then recently, I went through my keepsake box and pulled out items that could be scanned/saved instead of keeping the actual paper/photo of the item. I then put them all in a bag and set it near the scanner/printer.
It will take a while to scan it all and save it so it makes me wonder why I’m even bothering to do it? Am I even going to look at those images later? And if I do, are they going to be images that I’m really glad I kept? I’m not sure because mostly they aren’t really my images or my memories or my pictures… they are the ones people send me of their pictures and their memories. Yet, I kind of feel bad just throwing them out as though I’m throwing them out… which I’m not.
Maybe I just need to really sort through the items again and only scan those that really mean a lot to me and ones that I know I will look back on and think “I’m really glad I took the time to scan that and save it.” Then going forward, I will have to make sure if I want to keep something I scan it and save it right away, then can toss it after a week or so knowing it’s already saved and I will be able to see it again later if I want. And for the items that I know I won’t look back on, perhaps I’ll be okay with just keeping them for a short while to enjoy them then discarding them after they have served their purpose.
What do you do with those sorts of things? Like the Christmas cards that have photos on them or in them? And the cards that have something written on them that really mean a lot to you?