How A Camera Can Help Get Rid of Sentimental Clutter

How A Camera Can Help Get Rid of Sentimental Clutter

Taryn Williford
Jun 22, 2010

At the recent Atlanta-iteration of Apartment Therapy Meetups Everywhere, we got into a conversation about de-cluttering the home, a task many of us packrats struggle with. The best tip for controlling clutter came from a husband-and-wife-team of professional photographers: Use a camera!

Most of the things cluttering our homes aren't useful tools, they're the things we no longer need but can't seem to part with. Clean-sweep blog Unclutterer calls it "sentimental clutter."

After a breakup or the death of a family member, our attachments to our things only get deeper.

So how can you use tech to help you get rid of it, guilt-free? First follow Unclutter's 4-question sort-out method, then use a camera to capture the stuff that's going out-with-the-old.

By taking pictures of your sentimental stuff, you're never really letting it go. Anytime you want to reminisce about your childhood toys (or your kid's childhood toys), just bring out the scrapbook.

Even photo albums busting with pictures don't take up as much space as all that clutter did.

(Image: Flickr user Hamed Masoumi under license from Creative Commons.)

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