Saturday, April 27, 2013

It Runs in the Family

By Belinda

It's officially a family affliction, this sentimental attachment to photos!

I have had so many creative suggestions in the comment section on how to "have my cake and eat it too," i.e. a clutterless house, and yet have a way to display photos of the people in my life.

My Dutch cousin Deb, who lives in Alicante, Spain; wrote that she solved her need to have photos of her dear ones on display, by using a clear plastic curtain with pockets into which she slotted her photos (that's a photo she sent me above.) She explained:
"It is like a curtain with holes in it on top and probably to put cd's in but for me it was the photo curtain I had in the entrance-hall in the former flat......I have to find a new place for it here."
Cindy, a blog friend, suggested putting the fridge photos into an album which would be on top of the fridge for people to browse through. This was getting warm, but still dangerously like clutter to me in my zeal to finally be free of it. :)

She didn't give up that easily but came back with the winning idea: she suggested scanning all of the photos and putting them into a digital photo frame, which can be on display right where people expect to see their photos. They can stand and gaze at it, as they once did at the photos on the fridge.

The spectacular thing is that I already had a digital photo frame; a gift from my dear friend Susan, several Christmases ago. This is my funny confession: it was still in the box! It's funny because my poor brother Rob has been teased by me about his printer being still in the box, and the potential for the laptop to also remain there for some time--once he buys one. Some things truly do run in the family. :)

Thank you for enjoying the fun of solving the problem. I didn't expect so much help, but I am glad for it because I am now able to say:

Guilt Free in Bond Head--that's me!


Susan said...

"Guilt free" and ..."clutterless"! :)


Belinda said...

Clutter happens Susan. I am under no delusion that I will have to fend it off! :)And I also live with daily guilt. Aargh, I can't help it! :)

Cindy said...

Now my confession - I too have a digital photo frame that is still in the box - actually I bought it for my mom but by the time I was ready to load it, she had lost the ability to enjoy it.

Now, confession (of sorts!) number 2 - I recently had a choice of "prizes" at work so I chose a digital photo frame - before you laugh too hard, there is method to my madness. Our church is having a Mother's Day basket and I wanted to put something nice in it so I deliberately chose the frame so someone else can have one too - hopefully they actually use it!

Cindy said...

And you do realize, don't you, that you can add new photos and not have to delete the old ones so these photos will be on there forever!

Belinda said...

Ha ha Cindy! That is too funny. And I'm wondering how many other beautiful and useful items are still in the box! I have a bread maker that is. :)

Cindy said...

My daughter had an ice cream maker she was not using and I too had a bread maker I was not using so we traded - but now she wants to return the bread maker but not take the ice cream maker so I might have more unused stuff - but the ice cream maker makes really good stuff!

Belinda said...

Cindy, the next person I know who gets married is getting my unopened bread maker whether they want one or not! Lol!