There are a lot of decisions to be made when downsizing and putting your house on the market. Emotions obviously range from excitement to dread; from denial to staunch determination. And that is only about the “things” and doesn’t touch the emotions involved with family, friends, memories or even familiarity.
For me, the most emotionally and decision intensive part so far is the photographs! Not to mention this is a HUGE time investment for those of us who have lived through the printed picture age.
This is actually a sampling of the photos we have!
I guess I was too busy enjoying and photographing my kids and family to take the time to organize all those photos when they were developed. As a result, I have hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pictures to work through.
First I am sorting the photos by year, and next I am culling the duplicates and triplicates ~ after all, I had two sets of grandparents to send photos!
But culling duplicates isn’t as easy as you may think because some of said photos actually ended up in photo albums! This throws me into the dilemma of, “wait, did I just see that picture or do I remember it from a photo album?” (Which happens to already be in the storage unit.)
This box isn’t ALL discarded photos, but…
When I finally finish sorting and culling duplicates, I plan on having all the remaining paper photos scanned so the colors won’t continue to fade and I will have access to them on my computer.
But alas, scanning is also a process! Recently I had our old videos converted from cassette tapes to flash drives and for the same price I could have bought something pretty awesome for our boat!
So now I am researching my options for scanning services and weighing the cost against heading to the nearest Target or CVS, pulling up a lawn chair and scanning the photos myself.
I have a feeling the cost of professional scanning will seem significantly more reasonable when I calculate how many hours I will have to stand in a local store to scan those photos myself. The price will seem especially reasonable when I consider that the time I spend at a photo kiosk could be spent sorting, donating and selling household goods.
Soooo many times I thought all those friends who spent weekends “scrapbooking” were wasting their time. Well, I guess they are laughing now?
Oh, the fun of downsizing continues!!
If anyone reading this, like me, was too busy (read disorganized) to cull and sort photos along the way, I strongly suggest you tackle your photos WAY before you begin the actual downsizing process!
If you are anything like me, you will need a LOT of time for this process!
Apparently we future cruisers are not the only ones who want to reduce our space. The recent downsizing craze seems to be tiny homes that look beautifully inviting in photos like these:
My very first thought was, “Wow, that is awesome!” My second thought was, “Where do they put the mail?”
I know, I am showing my age, right? Who needs paper mail when we have computers? (That is a whole different topic.)
So, my mail comment tells you that I am not exactly computer savvy. Nor am I a trend setter; so my discovery is probably old news to most of you. However, today I learned about a whole new side of Facebook…. the garage sale/get rid of your stuff side!
It seems FB can be an outlet for letting go! Who knew??? Could this be the answer to my downsizing woes?
One of the drawbacks to an actual garage sale for me is watching people cull through my stuff. My emotions swing between being offended that they don’t want my stuff and cringing because I’m selling “junk” that has no value to me.
Well, it turns out my little community has a plethora of selling groups; some quite general and others very specific. Though I have not found one called, “Selling my house to move on a boat.”
Today, this friend told me FB groups have been perfect for her. She posts a picture of something she wants to sell and once she and a buyer agree on a price, she places the item on her front porch. Hours later the item is gone and her payment is in its place!
Roll out the pixie dust, this sounds like magic!
I have not posted any items for sale on FB yet…. but I’m thinking about putting my little toe in very soon. Because any time I can use pixie dust, I do!
Many a blog post has been written about how to downsize your home and prepare to live on a boat. There are countless ways to go about sorting, selling, donating, trashing, etc the “things” you have accumulated over a lifetime.
However, in my opinion, the single, most time consuming and emotional “THING” is photographs.
I have many friends who sorted, fringed, fabriced and themed their photos into beautiful albums as they raised their children. Me, not so much.
Now I get to pay the price of disorganized photos. I apologize up front to my kids – I am not suddenly going to become a scrap-booking mamma and I will not have boxes of albums beautifully prepared for each of them.
I’ll cull a few favorites, organize the others by year and allow the kids to determine how many generations of pictures they want to keep.
Personally, I would rather my kids focus forward, remember the past with fondness and retain the lessons we tried to teach. If some day they want to dig into old photos, I’ll have plenty of boxes in storage!