Like many people I have a whole pile of photo albums in my office closet taking up a whole pile of space. Before digital cameras, I was diligent about getting my film developed and filed into albums (now I create Photobooks to enjoy my pictures which take up next to no space which I LOVE). Only problem with all those old albums though is having to store them all somewhere. So into my office closet they went when we moved into this house two years ago. Then about a year ago I decided that I should really have them in digital format so that I could keep those picture secure in my fireproof safe. My wedding pictures and the baby pictures of my oldest two kids were only in print.
I didn’t have the time to sit and scan them all myself so I thought I’d utilize a service that does that for you. The one I chose was a Canadian company (I’m not going to link to them as you’ll see why in a minute) and after contacting them they sent me an empty box to fill with pictures. All I had to do was fill the box with my pictures and then send that box back to them. They scan all the pictures onto disk and send the pictures and the disc back to me when complete. Didn’t sound too difficult so away I went. Well, what a job that turned out to be! It’s a whole heck of a lot of work pulling pictures out of photo albums so I really had to be picky about choosing just the best ones. Obviously I wasn’t going to do them all.
Once I got them sent off, the waiting game began. I waited and waited and waited some more. Then I started to panic. I contacted the company and they assured me they would be coming soon. Then I waited and waited and waited some more. They did eventually arrive but not before giving me a bit of an anxiety attack. I was excited to get them back although not excited about putting them all away again. I was even more deflated about putting them back into the albums when I realized they didn’t come back in the order I sent them. Instead all the pictures were mixed up. What a mess!!! I dreaded the job so much that I let that box of pictures sit in my office closet for an entire year before I got up the nerve to get the job done. No kidding. I just finally did it last week. And as I pulled each album off the shelf I got more and more annoyed with them as I imagined all the possibilities of what I could do with the space they took up.
Then last Thursday night I’m sitting around with my husband complaining about it. “All those photo albums in my office closet are driving me crazy taking up so much usable space”. He simply looked at me and said “well put them in the garage in bins then”. Um what? Can I really do that? Isn’t there some kind of law against that? Yet the more I thought about it, the more the idea made sense. I mean why not? We almost never look at those picture albums now that I’ve got them on disk and I can access my garage from the house so they’d be easy to get to (plus our garage is temperature controlled). I had a ton of bins leftover from my recent garage overhaul that were just sitting empty and needing to be put to good use. The biggest deciding factor though was the storage one by far. I could really use that office closet space for work and office supplies. Supplies that were taking up space in my small office making it too cluttered and busy for me to even think clearly.
Yep I was definitely doing it.
Four bins all labeled and put away.
Thus began my great office clean-out of 2012.
To be continued…..
Have you ever used a photo scanning service? Did you have better luck than I did? If so please feel free to share in the comments who you would recommend.