Swedish Death Cleaning is the Latest Trend to Sweep the Decluttering Space

swedish death cleaningHalloween may be over, but a morbid-sounding new trend is on the rise. That’s right—Swedish death cleaning is the latest trend to sweep the decluttering and organizing space. The days of trying to figure out which items spark joy are over as the Scandinavian cleaning ritual döstädning—a combination of the Swedish words for death and cleaning—will have you clearing out your space and taking no prisoners.

 

So, what is Swedish death cleaning?

 

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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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Picturing Major Life Events – Part 6: Managing Memories through Separation or Divorce

divorceLife is hard to plan for. Seasons change, things happen, and time wears on. But when a major life event occurs, you need to make sure you’re able to see the big picture.


This is why we’re creating a series of posts on the tips and tricks to help manage major life events. These events range from something as simple as spring cleaning (and how it can affect your entire life) to as complicated as divorce or separation. And, of course, we’ll help you determine what to do with those old print photos at every step of the way.


Part 1: Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Part 2: Moving and Packing Tips and Tricks
Part 3: Getting Married and Combining Families 
Part 4: Starting and Growing a Family
Part 5: Ancestry Research and Genealogy


Part 6: Managing Memories through Separation or Divorce


In a recent poll, we asked our customers what was the #1 reason for having their photos scanned and digitized. As it turns out, the need to evenly divide memories due to a separation or divorce was the major motivating factor.


For us here at ScanMyPhotos, we often get questions regarding managing memories during a separation or divorce. We do our best to provide professional and helpful customer service for anyone who is going through tough times—and we stick to our policies during the most delicate of situations. However, in order to make the process a much smoother experience for everyone involved, we pulled together the following tips.


Remember that everyone can receive (and replicate) digital copies


It is far easier to split photos down the middle than it is to divide up any other physical assets. The reason being is that you can easily scan, digitize, and even reprint the photos you’ve accumulated together throughout the years. This way, no one has to walk away with only half of the memories—both parties can have digital access to the photos and keep them for years to come.  Continue reading

4 Things to Know Before Any Photo Scanning Project

photo scanning projectHave you been tasked with preserving the family photos? Do you have boxes of photos in the attic that need to be digitized? Are trying to downsize on clutter in the New Year? If so, we see a photo scanning project in your near future.

 

But don’t worry, with proper planning and prep work, this project can be a breeze to accomplish—and fun, too!

 

In order to help you tackle your photo scanning project as efficiently as possible, here are four things you should know before jumping in.

 

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How to Make a New Year’s Resolution Stick

resolutionGetting organized is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions to make—and it’s a resolution we wholeheartedly endorse, especially when it comes to preserving your precious memories. But as the year wears on, the likelihood of achieving these resolutions wanes.

 

In order to help you stick to your resolution, we pulled together a list of tricks that will make it much easier in 2017.

 

Break your big resolution into smaller goals

 

If your resolution feels insurmountable, then it will be! See if you can break out your big goal into smaller more manageable goals. For example, if your resolution is “Get more organized,” try breaking it out into smaller tasks like:

 

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