If you’re downsizing or decluttering, the task can seem insurmountable. From clutter catching countertops to overstuffed closets, knowing where to start is just as important as deciding to start. There are a lot of strategies to downsizing, but a simple way to cut your clutter is to start with something that could simply take up less space if properly stored. And converting photos to digital is a great project to tackle first. You aren’t actually getting rid of anything, just storing photos in a way that takes up less space. If you’re ready to start consolidating, here are your digital transformation pointers.
Why Converting Photos to Digital is Better
Since converting photos takes some time and a little effort, it’s important to understand the benefit of having digital photos over your long-cherished hard copies. Some benefits of converting photos to digital:
- Digital photos are harder to damage (no ripping, water damage, or discoloration).
- Photo albums can take up a lot of space on shelves or in storage.
- Digital photos are easier to share through email and social media.
- It is easy to make copies and store in multiple places with minimal effort.
- Converted photos can be easily corrected to eliminate redeye or blemishes.
3 Simple Methods to Convert Photos to Digital
Though you can get a scanner at a relatively reasonable cost and can save them right to your desktop, scanning photos is a bit time-consuming.
Basically, all you have to do is get the scanner and set it up. You should scan one photo at a time, which is why this process can take so long. Once the images are scanned, you will have the option to save them to your computer. We suggest setting up a folder for these photos so you know exactly where they are. From there you can save them to a cloud or share them on social media.
If you don’t want to do this yourself, there are companies like Shutterfly that will do it for you.
Just like there are services that will scan your photos for you, there are apps that can help you as well. It can save you the cost and space of a scanner, which if you are downsizing your home might be better to avoid. These apps work just like taking a picture of the photo, except they have the added luxury of photo editing options like color correction.
Google Photo Scan is a comprehensive app.
3. Take Digital Photo
This is perhaps the most straightforward method. Simply use the camera on your phone and take a picture of the picture. Though this is one of the easiest methods, it gives you very little control over the image quality. If there is a shadow across the image or a tear in the photo, you won’t be able to fix it later. If you are just looking for a way to get the job done quickly, this might be something worth considering.
Regardless of which method you choose to use to convert photos to digital copies, one thing is for certain; you will have more space and less clutter when you are done.
Looking for even more downsizing tips? Check out these 5 Universal Downsizing and Decluttering Tips and cut down on clutter like a pro!
Now that you know what you need to about converting photos to digital, you can start planning for your future with confidence. To learn everything you need to know about aging well in general, check out our free A to Z Guide.
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