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Sibling Rivalry Complicates Inheritance: Why Digitizing Family Print Photos Must Be Outsourced

digitizing family print photosThe passing of parents and/or the inheritance of an estate can be a difficult and complicated time for family members. Issues can arise over the remaining unclaimed stuff—antique furniture, old clothes, and, of course, the boxes of family photos. Oftentimes one sibling is burdened or guilted into finding a way to store and keep the lost loved one’s things. And it’s a burden that’s difficult to bear.

This was the issue facing College Confidential user, Montegut, who posted a recent thread asking the community for advice on how to deal with her siblings after her parents’ passing. Apparently, after the death of her mother, Montegut was asked to hold onto her mother’s furniture, belongings, and print photos until her siblings could come and get them. Since she didn’t have room for these items in her home, she was using money out of her own pocket to rent a storage space. However, her siblings haven’t picked up or claimed any of the stuff for years and are now asking Montegut to be responsible for digitizing family print photos.

 

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6 Must-Read Tips Professional Organizer Andrew Mellen

We interviewed New York City-based professional organizer Andrew Mellen and asked him for advice on common issues that arise when organizing photos.

Professional organizer, Andrew Mellen


Andrew’s prowess in the organization field has landed him on NPR, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart and many more high-profile media channels.


He’s a larger-than-life organizational expert, speaker and best-selling author of the book Unstuff Your Life!—and he’s on a mission to help everyone he meets simplify their lives and get back in touch with their core values.



BONUS: click to listen to Mr. Mellen’s “Tales From The Pictures We Saved Podcast” interview


This is something we know resonates with our ScanMyPhotos customers so we’re very excited to share the must-read tips Andrew provided during our interview. Which is your favorite from these six tips?

 

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Tales From The Pictures We Saved – Episode 13: Scanning 50,000 Photos

print photosWelcome to this week’s episode of Tales From the Pictures We Saved. 


 

We’ve spent the past 28 years helping our customers preserve tens of millions of happy memories, milestones, achievements, and events—all of which have incredible stories behind each and every photo.


And now we’re eager to share these stories with you.



In this week’s episode, ScanMyPhotos customer Margaret Hoybach shares the details on her incredible life as illustrated by over 50,000 print photos.



Preview:

You might think you have a lot of print photos sitting in your attic or closet, but how many do you really have? We often hear customers say they are working on scanning 1,000, 3,000 and sometimes even up to 10,000 print photos they have laying around, but this is the first time, in a long time, where one customer shared with us that she has over 50,000 print photos in her possession that she needs to have scanned.


Do you have a photo story to share?

Contact us today and your tale could be featured in an upcoming episode!


This episode features music by Bensound.com. Margaret was voiced by voice-over actress Norma Jean Gradsky.   

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5 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Want to Keep in 2018

new year'sIt’s almost here—2018 snuck up on us and it’s now poised and ready to pounce! While we’re only a few short days away from the New Year, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on the types of changes we’d like to bring with us into 2018.

 

Of course, most New Year’s resolutions usually don’t come to fruition, but this might be because, most of the time, we make resolutions that are more like chores than something we would actually enjoy keeping.

 

So, in order to start the New Year off on the right foot, we pulled together this list of New Year’s resolutions that we’ll actually want to keep in 2018.

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How to Take Incredible Party Photos

party photosWe are officially at the height of party season. Christmas and New Years will be here before you know it and we’ll be attending all sorts of parties and events to celebrate.

 

So, to ensure you’re snapping the best possible party photos at your next shindig, we pulled together the following list of tips and tricks.

 

Take a look:

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