Geoffrey Fowler (Washington Post): “What happened when I told Marie Kondo I have a better, higher-tech method of tidying up”
Sparking Controversy Rather than “Joy”
Technology columnist, Geoffrey A. Fowler at The Washington Post reports in his consumer tech column about disagreeing with the unclutter and ‘tiding up” superstar, Marie Kondo. While it is OK to discard clothing and other household items that do not ‘spark joy’ when it comes to your decades of nostalgic photos, there is the first step. Digitize your pictures. “Precious memories don’t need to go into dusty photo albums or the trash. They should go online.”
But in a world where a smartphone rarely leaves your side, getting rid of material possessions doesn’t have to mean getting rid of memories. The digital camera is as powerful a cleaning tool as a Hefty 30-gallon trash bag.
Souvenirs: Snap, toss. Recipes: Snap, toss. I’ve even said goodbye to old clothes this way, such as my first concert T-shirt. (It was En Vogue, who surely would support freeing your mind of the clutter.)
The problem the cloud can most help solve is piles of photos and papers. You can buy a scanner, or Google has a free and simple Photo Scan app for phones. Easier yet: Try mail-away services that digitize photos for as little as 8 cents per photo, such as ScanMyPhotos.com and ScanCafe.com. Side benefit: Turning old photos digital keeps them safe from fire, floods and further yellowing.
BONUS: Please join us to support journalism and journalists. They matter more than ever. If you enjoyed and learned something from this article, click to subscribe to The Washington Post
Most Popular Posts
- How do you remove a photo stuck to glass? Here are some ideas.
- Photo Scanning and the 300 vs 600 DPI Myth
- Legacybox and Southtree vs ScanMyPhotos: The Photo Scanning “Review”
- How to Prevent Photos from Sticking to Glass
- Photograph Preservation 101: How to Get Glue off of Photos
- Scanning Kodachrome slides and Digital ICE
- Thousands of Pictures Digitized For Under $300*
- Why Picture Keeper Scored Our Top Tech Gadget
- What is the best way to clean 35mm slides and negatives?
- Instructions For “Pay Per Photo” and “One Cent” Photo Scanning