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Four years ago my mom passed away.
Along with her passing, I inherited boxes of photos: some from her childhood, some from mine, randomly tossed in a box for me to decipher.
This was a daunting task, even for someone as organized me.
So they sat… boxes of photos, on a shelf, in my storage room. If I didn’t have to see them, I didn’t have to deal with it (sound familiar?).
Years of memories just sitting on a shelf.
What a waste.
Isn’t the point of making memories so that you can reflect back on them? Enjoy them? Share stories with your kids and loved ones?
So I went on a quest to find a simple way to organize hundreds (possibly thousands) of random photos.
A few months ago I connected with the folks at ScanMyPhotos and was excited to find a solution to my photo clutter that wasn’t completely overwhelming.
In a nutshell here’s how it works:
- Go online and select the option you want (photos, slides, negatives, videos, etc)
- Create a username and profile
- They send you a pre-paid box (each box holds up to approx. 2,000 photos)
- Sort through your photos (I did mine by general category: mom as a kid, mom as a young adult, my early years, high school, college, adult)
- Separate each group with a numbered index card and a rubber band to keep them organized
- Seal up the box and send it back for processing
Within a week, you’ll receive your returned photos along with a DVD; additional add-on services include a leather-bound book with all your photos inside, extra DVD’s, a flash drive with all of your photos and other items to honor your memories.
It’s that simple! I also want to mention that their customer service department is excellent. I received emails along the way keeping me posted as to where my photos were throughout the process.