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...
I may not be good, but I'm slow.
The only thing worse than being an influencer
is believing one.