” No net gain” was a philosophy first introduced to me by my cousin who lives in Montana. His house is a 1900s farmhouse where he resides with his wife and four children. Their house has no closets. The philosophy is simple, and goes like this, “If you bring something into the house, you have to take something out.” Recently, this philosophy has a lot of appeal to me.
We live in a small house with two pre-school children who seems to accumulate “stuff”. I do not buy it, it just appears in our house. Over the past few weeks, I have also been helping a family member clean out a rather overloaded garage. In addition, I have watched a good friend struggle as she and her husband help her in-laws “downsize”.
It’s been my experience, when you have too much, the important, sentimental items get damaged or lost in the midst of all the “stuff”. I am pretty good at getting rid of old clothes, books, and baby things. There is always someone who can use those things, and I see the merit in that. However, right now, I am having a hard thing figuring out what to do with old snapshots, letters, and other sentimental items. With both my parents deceased, and the recent death of my mother-in-law, I want to ensure the girls can look back at old family photos, family tree, and letters. I also want to preserve happy childhood memories for my girls.
What do you do with all of the photos to ensure your children can look back and enjoy happy memories? What do you do with really old photos? Do you scrapbook? Do you scan everything and stick in on a disc? How do you organize the photos by person, or by year? I am looking at a mountain of photos, digital and otherwise, and trying to determine how to tackle them. I need some help!