I laughed out loud when I read this blog entry from John Trosko of OrganizingLA The original article comes from Get Organized Now and is called “my son doesn’t want my scrapbooks!” A woman writes to Marcia:
Now my 12-year-old son, my only child, says he really doesn’t want to haul scrapbooks around after I’m gone and ‘couldn’t you just put all the photos on a thumb drive and hand it to me, Mom?’ Well, needless to say, that sort of took the wind out of my scrapbooking sails!
I think it’s cute, hilarious and ironic all at once. For me, it raises two points. Firstly, scrappers primarily scrap for their own pleasure. Scrapping is a lot of work…. probably the equivalent of running a marathon, or building a house I reckon. There’s a lot of love in your albums (I know this because I scrap). So what if no-one else actually wants your albums? They probably don’t want your other stuff either. At least when you’re dead, photo are respected, in order and there will be some clarity to your history (rather than dog-eared, dusty and damaged pics in a shoe box up the top of the wardrobe).
Secondly, I think decluttering and organising is about editing what you have… and that’s an ongoing process. I talk about this on page 45 of my book, SORTED! the ultimate guide to organising your life – once and for all (extract below)
Editing is a big part of organising. It’s about selecting the best and letting the not-so-good go. Professional photographers are skilled editors. They take a large volume of work and whittle it down to a few good shots. Let’s say they shoot 30 images: they might end up with only two or three stunning shots out of that much work.
Film editors edit raw footage to make a stronger film. They snip 30 seconds here and 30 seconds there to create a better and tighter film. Less information (less stuff) means more clarity and a better end product.Life is like this. There’s lots of stuff that doesn’t matter: things you’re ‘going to do’; outdated, broken or not-so-good stuff. If you constantly edit the stuff in your life, you’ll stay organised. Give some thought to what’s truly special. Be an editor everyday. Constantly reassess and you’ll find that the things that don’t matter easily slip away.
So, to me, the mum scraps the photos by editing out the ones she feels has less value, and her son can continue on by chosing the specific images (scrap pages) that are meaningful *to him.* He’s not going to value every page! And yes, why not digitise some of the pages? She’s not wasting her time, but she might do well to consider scrapping as a team project 🙂