I believed my next organization/downsizing room would have been the Tornado Room. I dubbed our spare bedroom the “Tornado Room” as this is the room where every item I could not decide on its final resting place has been placed over the past several months. Keep in mind, this room before I began the process of downsizing my home, was a room in chaos. It now looks as if a tornado went through the room; hence the name.
A couple of years ago I suffered a back injury, which this month decided to rear its ugly head once again. Due to my relapse the reorganization/downsizing of my home is now placed on hold. The inability to move without a great deal of physical pain tends to limit one’s movements. I don’t want to quit the process altogether. The question becomes what am I able to do? One of my Organization Projects is to organize and Scrapbook the tons of pictures stashed away in boxes. I will not Scrapbook all of those pictures as I have over 60 years of pictures piled in a variety of boxes, envelopes and outdated or useless photo albums.
What to do? What to do? How do I organize years, and years, and years of pictures? I could sort through them and place them in chronological order. This would work if I had labeled or sorted my pictures by years; but, sadly I did not and my memory recall is poor to say the least. I could sort by events, but not all of my pictures are event related; some are simply random shots. What do I do with all those extended family photos received each year at Christmas? What do I do with photos of friends and their families received over the years? I could sort by person or family such as my son and his family, daughter and her family, my hubby and I, etc. Not the best solution either; what do I do with families of divorce and remarriage. Which pictures will I include in a Scrapbook? How will I file those pictures I do not place in Scrapbooks? What do I do with the pictures of faces whose names I can no longer recall? What do I do with those photos which aren’t compositionally good? This last one is easy… throw those away!
The number one question, perhaps, I need to answer is the why question. Why am I doing this? Will it matter when I am no longer earth bound? Does it matter to me now; I mean really matter or is it one of those moments when I think I should do this because others may think badly of me if I don’t? Will any of this matter to me in a few years? Will it matter to others? This is a lot of work if no one really cares about all these photos.
I have more questions than I have solutions or answers and I have no answers to the whys – until I do – let the sorting begin 🙂 Oh my, oh my goodness, “Where do I begin?”
Until next time,