I suppose a relocation is the best motivation for slimming down our holdings, but it is by no means a complete solution. The longest I resided in one home was 28 years. Moving out of there involved multiple trips to the Goodwill collection place and even to the county dump site. I even had binders of 11 x 14 7/8 printouts of COBOL programs from IBM 360/50 days. I did give up my Apple II+ and the 5.25 inch disk drive years ago, but still have several boxes of 3.5 inch floppies stored away, so I'm keeping an old tower desktop that has a drive that will read them so that someday I can go through those.
Back before the resurgence of LP records, I donated my collection of over 400 to a charity without ever getting them digitized. I have managed to convert our collection of 550 CD's to digital and have a system with Bose speakers in our home office dedicated to that. But the CD's are still stored in eight boxes and taking storage space. (Tip: Starbucks K-cup boxes are quite sturdy and nicely hold 50 cd's in cases)
This winter my computer project has been starting to scan and digitize four generations of old b+w family photos from about 25 albums that have been stored in boxes for decades. Then I have our combined-family 35mm slide history that is also stored away in a hallway closet. There are thousands of those in slide file boxes and projector reels. I did just this month spend $1k for a slide scanner which purportedly will automate the scanning of 50 at a time in an overnight process. Our office contains another old repurposed computer with a 27" display dedicated to the photo collection. I'm on the way to becoming a Photoshop expert. Unfortunately I've not been successful in recruiting family members to help with all of this.
Thank goodness for NAS storage devices.
But the question now becomes after I get all of it digitized, what do I do with the originals? The current plan is to pass all the originals on to our kids and let them store them away for THEIR kids.
Oh, I should also mention the boxes of VCR tapes of our favorite movies. Still have two players for those in the basement.
Let it go? Yeah, sure...
The only thing worse than being an influencer
is believing one.