That's the first question in taking back your time and life!
In the past you probably pulled your albums /pictures out...took a look at a couple of them...enjoyed the emotions of looking back in time...and then you tried to figure out what to do with them and got a head ache...and/or a knot in the stomach..and dumped them back in their boxes or tubs you got them out of to start with.
You probably thought : At least I can organize them but to make matters worse most of them were probably not labeled. So back in their tub they went to do another time. And there they sit getting older, dustier, possibly mustier or moldier, while more of those who knew who were in the pics have moved on to the great beyond!
But go ahead pull ONE photo out and take these steps in this order:
1. First just answer the question : keep or shred?
How do you do that?
Answer these questions:
a. Do you want to keep it?
b. If no, do you have a relative or friend who would want it?
c. If you answered no to the above questions, do you want to try and make some money and try to sell it online and at the same time find someone who would want it?
d. If no to a, b and c do you want to bag up the "no" pics and try and sell the pack in a y ard sale?
e. If your answers to a-d were no, do you want to donate it to a charity group?
f. If you answer to all of the above is no, get up walk over to your shredder and shred it or tear it up and throw it away. Remember: You are not going to die if you get rid of pictures you no longer want.
Before you do the above, find some old shoe boxes and label them:
2. Give away
3. Try to sell
I had to face the fact that NO ONE wants my tubs and tubs of pics as they are. There are too many. They are not labled. Lots of dups, fuzzies and just plain boring. So I had to come to grips with doing the above steps first.
Don't try and do it all at once. It won't work. Your brain becomes emotionally frozen! Have fun. Take breaks. Designate a spot in your house where you can go and come back to it any time. Where the pics won't be disturbed by others.
So Downsize Course 101 Paper Pictures/Photos Class 2 will explain answer a yes: What to do if you want to keep it. . Til then Happy Sorting!