Digital Hoarding: Why You Hold On To Digital Files

5 Tips To Identify If You’re An ‘e-Hoarder’

Digital Hoarding and why people hold on to those ever growing digital files was the topic discussed on the Mason Vera Paine WGN Radio show with guest, Mitch Goldstone president & CEO of LINK TO THE SHOW



E-Hoarding, are you guilty of it? Do you still computer files you haven’t used in years, old mobile phones or tons of e-mails from years ago? Chances are you are an E-hoarder. Mitch Goldstone, President and CEO of ScanMyPhotos explains E-hoarding is and how to overcome it.


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What is digital (e-hoarding) and electronic clutter?  We are in an age of digital hoarding where everything is kept. Cheap or free storage is the foundation for this predicament. Digital hoarding is the accumulation of files and emails on a computer or other storage device.

5 Tips To Identify If You’re An ‘e-Hoarder’ 

  1. Are you constantly increasing your storage data plans?
  2. Is your desktop trash never or rarely emptied?
  3. Are old, obsolete computer devices cluttering up your home and work space?
  4. Have you never organized and categorized your digital photos, once scanned?
  5. Does your smartphone have dozens of unfamiliar apps that are NEVER used?

How To Solve The Digital Hoarding Problem 

Firstly, a precursor to e-hoarding, is ‘analog hoarding,’ where decades of papers, printed content and a library-sized worth of never viewed photo albums with photographs from nostalgic memories are piling up. Do you still have photo envelopes from the days of one hour photo labs with film negatives fading away from the ravages of time, 8mm film, VHS cassette tapes, APS film canisters, and 35mm slides? If so, Scan to digitally preserve all, then upload to preserve and organize with GooglePhotos.

5 Tips to Remedy Digital Hoarding 

  1. Remember, hard drives and email storage is finite
  2. Set aside a day to delete unused data
  3. Delete duplicate files (music is a great example). Anything that is redundant, trivial or obsolete
  4. Today, we take several identical pictures rather than one. Delete duplicates and bad photos, screenshots that you shared one time, blurry pictures, images of the food you ate last night, and the “I’m here, you’re not pictures” duplicates
  5. Go to the Control Panel on your computer, select “Uninstall” and review all the programs and content not used within 2 years. If it’s irrelevant, or an app that you used only once, delete it, with caution

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Don’t lose your old photos to death, divorce, or disaster.  How to digitize your photos, negatives and slides.

“Weekly ABC News Tech” host, Francie Black who is one of the most sought after experts at CES, just filed this report on the urgency to digitize your pictures. As host of the popular “Tech Time” TV series — sharing the latest gadgets and helpful tech innovations — Francie’s work had been featured in Nasdaq commercials, LA Times Newspaper, Detroit News, Information Week, eCommerce Business Daily, Fox 2 Working Women segment, Crain’s, Investors Business Daily…. She is also the author of iPadWisdom (subscribe here).

Francie Black: Don’t lose precious photographs to disasters. Some of our most precious memories are stored in shoeboxes and with the recent fires in California and hurricanes and floods in North Carolina, millions of precious family photo memories were lost forever. If you have hundreds of old photos, slides and negatives you can easily digitize them using the ScanMyPhoto service.
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“Don’t lose precious photographs to disasters. Some of our most precious memories are stored in shoeboxes and with the recent fires in California and hurricanes and floods in North Carolina, millions of precious family photo memories were lost forever. If you have hundreds of old photos, slides, and negatives you can easily digitize them using the service.”


“I spoke with Mitch Goldstone, co-founder, and CEO of He said that the average person has over 5000 photos stored in their home and that the greatest time for copying photos is when there is a death of a grandparent, parent or family member or when there is a divorce in the family. And, if a disaster happens then it is too late. So, think about preserving your photos as you do your spring cleaning. This is an easy and affordable solution for digitizing and preserving priceless memories.”

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What Are the Best Photography Apps?

How to enjoy photography and get the most out of your smartphone camera’s apps?

One of the biggest challenges we hear is how to take better pictures and do more with your saved photos, especially from those pre-digital pictures after all are scanned. Our team of photo experts at ScanMyPhotos have compiled this comprehensive list of apps that are worth checking out. As you identify others, please let us know.

MemoryWeb photo metadata app. If you only read one recommendation, our must download photo app is MemoryWeb. This app is for family historians, genealogy archivists and everyone who had ScanMyPhotos digitize their pictures. It brings generations of photos together in one place, creates interactive connections between them, and preserves “back-of-the-photo” details forever. @MemoryWeb

Halide is a groundbreaking camera app for deliberate and thoughtful photography. Use gestures inHalide’s to change exposure and manual focus with a swipe. Halide’s professional tools include focus peaking, a detailed histogram, adaptive level grid, and RAW support. Halide is a Great, Gesture-Based Pro Camera App for iPhone — @halidecamera

Halide uses a fantastic gesture interface that is easy to use and can tap into the pro features of your camera like RAW, white balance, manual focus, and more.

Digital photography never looked so analog. Swipe through lenses and films with Hipstamatic, the original analog camera. The original analog photo experience, with an all-new editing suite. Hipstamatic is the best way to create beautiful photography. Order from the Apple Store. @Hipstamatic

Digital photography never looked so analog. Swipe through lenses and films with Hipstamatic, the original analog camera. Exclusively available on iPhone.

ProCamera HD, the gold standard for professional iOS photography, provides a highly intuitive interface for beginners as well as DSLR-like controls for experts. Leveraging the capabilities of the iPad, ProCamera HD is easy to use, yet deep when needed!  @ProCamera

In this video, you’ll get an idea of what you can do with ProCamera. Although there’s a lot more to explore, this should help give you a brief introduction to the app

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to photography or a pro, Polarr has it all. Novices will appreciate that Polarr offers advanced auto-enhance tools and sophisticated filters to edit all the details of your photo. Pro photographers will look forward to our layer support, curve tools, local adjustments. @polarrist

Polarr Photo Editor Tutorial Basics – Filters

Transform your world into a live cartoon. ToonCamera is an amazing video and photography app that turns your world into a live cartoon. Apply real-time cartoon and art effects to your camera feed, record video and snap photos. @ToonCamera

Transform your world into a live cartoon with the ToonCamera app

Take stunning 360 panoramas everywhere. Panorama360 turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a full-featured 360-degree panoramic camera. Easily capture immersive panoramas in seconds and instantly share your 360 views with the world. Simply pan the camera and watch as images are stitched seamlessly. Panorama360 captures the scene in a way you never could with a traditional camera. @TeliportMe

PicLab provides the tools you need to create neat photo collages, add text, stickers, and artwork, and apply one of over 50 filters. You can use image overlays and masks, adjust the brightness, saturation, and contrast, or add captions with text or drawing tools. @PicLab

PicLab Photo Editor is the premier all-in-one photo editor. Available on iOS & Android!
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Why You Need to Digitize Photos and Preserve Them for Future Generations

digitize photosWhy and How to Digitize Photos For Future Generations. It’s This Easy

As technology continues to advance, the way in which we preserve our history is also changing. From cave drawings to oil paintings and from print photos to Snapchat selfies, it’s important for us to now digitize photos in order to keep them safe for future generations.

But if you need a few reasons why it’s important to digitize photos before it’s too late, then consider the following:

Print photos will eventually succumb to the elements


Unless you have your print photos stored in acid-free, archival-quality storage containers and kept in a temperature-controlled room away from sunlight, then your photos are at risk of getting destroyed by the elements. Of course, we definitely recommend doing everything you can to keep your print photos safe, but digitizing them is the only way to truly protect them from the elements.

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The Mercury News: “What to do with your old photos and papers”

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Award-winning journalists, author, and speaker, Marni Jameson. Photo courtesy of Marni Jameson (c).

What to do with your old photos and papers

This nationally syndicated article by “At Home With Marni Jameson” on the urgency to digitize pictures was reported by Award-Winning Journalist Marni Jameson, America’s most beloved home and lifestyle columnist.

In addition to writing a weekly nationally syndicated column on all things home, Marni is the author of three best-selling books.

Her most recent book, “DOWNSIZING THE FAMILY HOME: What to Keep, What to Let Go” (Sterling), is a No.1 Amazon bestseller and it is the definitive guide for anyone cleaning out the family home.

If you are a fan of Real Simple, O Magazine, Martha Stewart and the top unclutter and organizing professionals, Marni eclipses all and wrote the primer, actually many. The author, syndicated columnist, and speaker now tackles what to do with your lifetime of memorabilia, pictures and more for today’s all-digital world with this column syndicated in the top 25 U.S. newspapers. As a humblebrag, is grateful for the mention to help many preserve their irreplaceable photo memories.

Excerpt:  “You still have boxes of Mom and Dad’s stuff?” I twist my finger in my ear to make sure I’m hearing clearly. I’m on the phone with my brother who’s 3,000 miles away in California. He’s moving, prompting this confession to his sister, the purge queen.

Our parents have both passed on, Mom, most recently, two years ago. Now Craig tells me he’s been holding onto boxes of their stuff because “I can’t bring myself to go through them.”

So much for my plan to plow through the boxes in one afternoon, and send an edited pile of photos to, where high-speed scanners reduce mountain heaps of snapshots into tidy DVDs in minutes.

The scanners are working overtime lately after a year of hurricanes and wildfires, says owner Mitch Goldstone. “Times like these make people realize all can be gone in a flash.”

I’ve called to tell him about the mess I’m in. He gives me a pep talk. “Every day I see photos and documents destroyed by mildew, moisture, high temperatures, dirt and bugs. Those old storage boxes will just disintegrate,” says Goldstone, whose company scans 300,000 photos a day, which is nothing when you consider that Americans have 3.5 trillion analog photos sitting in shoeboxes taking up storage space and risking permanent loss.

However, the biggest enemy of all, he adds, is procrastination.

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