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  1. I’m in the process of becoming digitized. It’s a stretch for me. Gathering all of my notes, journals, etc… and putting them online. Evernote is great for this. Pictures, notes, appointments (using awesome note in conjunction with evernote)- all can be organized in one place in the cloud.

    Your story helped motivate me to keep it up.



  2. I am in the process of figuring out how to make digital copies of the movies and music I have. I don’t have a large collection by any stretch of the imagination, but enough that it needs a place to be stored. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get on it and will be happier once I do.

  3. Markus – I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. My hat is off to you!

  4. Thank you Markus for sharing your successes. I too am in the process of digitizing my memories & stuff.

    I’ve never considered it to be ‘upgrading’, but I really like this term.

    I can’t wait to fully upgrade, and to be free to be me!

    • Thanks Mark. Yeah, I didn’t really think about it at the time. All I knew was that I wanted to get rid of all that stuff and store it in the cloud. But once I did that I realized they were available at any time and could never be damaged:) I think it’s definitely an ‘upgrade’. Cheers to you.

  5. I love this post, Marcus.

    You’ve motivated me to digitize my photo collection. Can I ask, what kind of scanner you used? A handheld one or the flatbed kinds? Thanks! – Saida

    • Thanks Saida. Thanks for following me on twitter too. I just have an Epson NX430 printer/scanner. That works pretty well for small photos and documents. I used to have a really nice Epson 4490 but after I scanned all my photos, I got rid of it:)

  6. Jane

    I came very very close awhile back to mailing off all my childhood photo’s to a company that will digitize photo’s for you for a fee of course. But I changed my mind when I realize how very little I look at these photo’s now & doubt I would look at them more just because I paid someone to convert them to digital format.
    Eventually I will convert them myself, but I’m still hung up on the notion that I just don’t much care to waste time on the process knowing I won’t benefit much from it on the other end, aside from being able to finally ditch the actual photo’s themselves.
    I’m not the type to sit around & look at old photo’s. Sure it conjurs up old memories, but a few minutes later boredom sets in & back the photo’s go into the box that’s stored in the attic. then a few more years go by before I find a reason to plunder through that box.
    I know old photo’s are supposed to be the one thing folks would want to grab in case of fire…but for me, my pets & husband would be what I would grab. Screw the photo’s in the far back corner of the attic.

  7. Markus, I think your post was beautifully written. It is so effective that you started out by saying and showing how you are a sentimental person. I was able to connect to you because I feel that way about so many of my “things” – I have a small home, but the closets are bursting even after many items have been recycled, discarded, or sold on Craigslist! Now you have given me hope that my hidden junk can too be preserved digitally but not cluttering my life!

  8. Rae

    Wow, what a great story! I always thought minimalizing was especially tough for us sentimenatl folk, but this is a great solution! I love the idea of taking the best pics possible, not just snapshots. This will make my process a lot easier, and it will help me let go, bit by bit. :)

  9. Matthea

    Sentimental is my middle name. I (used to) keep everything which represents a memory. I am in the process of decluttering, minimising, cleaning up. The last hurdle are souvenirs of the past. Sometimes I realise how much of a waste of space it is, if I come across things that I brought with me after our time in Mumbai. I wanted to hold on to these things because I can’t replace it in the place I am now. Of course by now they have gone off! :) Packets of herbs are past their date, a little jar with body cream with a smell that brought tears to my eyes because it reminded me of Mumbai, the cream has set, it has no smell anymore. Letting go of these things for me is the hardest, because to me a smell is so directly linked to emotions, to let go of the scents of Mumbai is like giving up on the memory and I want to hold on to it.

  10. Being sentimental is a sign of a caring heart! I’m so impressed that you were able to make this shift. Like all acts of simplicity, it takes time upfront but the payoff is big. Thanks for sharing your story.

  11. It was definitely hard for me at first too. I am very sentimental as well and I do still have a small box of items I have kept from childhood, but that small box started out as 4 or 5 large boxes. For me moving around all of the time really helped me place a value on things. I have moved over 20 times in 10 years and I began as something very far from a minimalist with a backpack. But, I find the more you practice a minimalist way of living, it becomes easier and easier. We realize that things are just things and can then let go of more and more. Thank you for sharing your story, personal adventures in minimalism are always the most inspiring to me.

    MarieG LifeSimplyBalanced.com

    • Thanks MarieG. Cutting 5 boxes down to 1 is definitely an accomplishment! And I totally agree. There’s something about moving that makes getting rid of things much easier. I hope you’re well.

  12. Markus,
    Oh it sounds like such a good idea, but don’t forget to back your images up somewhere else. I lost all my photos from 2005-2009 when kodak went out of business. I had stored them at kodakgallery and I didn’t get any warning emails to transfer my pictures to the new provider so they were lost forever. And what if digital images go out of date when technology moves on again? It sounds like an impossibility but then who expected film would go out of date?

  13. I’m in the process of decluttering my home and office. It has been an eye opening experience. I can’t believe the stuff that was pile on top and behind other stuff! I have a long way to go and digitizing a lot of this paperwork is going to be a task.

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