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Five Simple Steps to Preserve Your Family Photos and History

April 26, 2018
Stories

Kids grow fast. Really fast. And in the hectic lives we live, it may be hard to recall what happened last week – and impossible to recall stuff from months or years ago. 

Wouldn’t you want to make sure that your kids preserve their good memories from childhood? 

Here’s how Kumbu can help!

1. Start With Inventory

How many photos do you have? Probably more than you could possibly imagine. 

Think about where you keep your physical and digital memories

Start with the hard copies. Do you have a box of photos and letters in your closet somewhere? Do you have photo albums from years past? See if you can gather them in one place. 

Next, move on to your digital photographs. You probably have hundreds. Scroll through your smartphone's camera roll. (Bonus: This is a good opportunity to get rid of the pictures you don’t need anymore.) 

Once you’ve done that, look through the other places you use to store photos. Do you use Dropbox? Google Drive? When you’re combing through your digital memories, don’t forget about social media. Take stock of any pictures you’ve added to Instagram, Facebook, Instagram and any other social media platforms you may use.

2. Ask Who Else Might Help

Who else has memories that you’d like to preserve for your family? Grandparents, godparents, aunts and uncles, and even friends probably have photographs that can spark warm memories for your family. Why not make this project a team effort? You’ll have more fun, and you’ll even make more memories as you go.

3. Save What’s Important

Remember when we mentioned getting rid of pictures from your phone? Well, that was practice for your next step. When you’re going through your photographs, you’re not going to need to keep everything. Of course, some things are irreplaceable, but you’ll also find duplicates, blurry pictures, photos that don’t spark any significant memories, and other things that you’ll want to get rid of for one reason or another. Take the time to get rid of some physical and digital clutter

You’ll be glad you did, and your kids won’t mind missing out on the six pictures Uncle Frank accidentally took of his thumb. Which pictures should you keep, then? You’ll know them when you see them, but a good rule of thumb (sorry, Frank) is to focus on significant moments such as birthdays, funny moments, and other happy memories. Remember that these are the things you’ll want your kids to remember years from now.

4. Scan the Physical Memories

Make sure that there’s a backup digital copy of letters, kids art, physical photographs, recipes and other paper memories that you want to preserve. If your physical copies get damaged, your family will still be able to read the notes that your parents passed to each other when they were just kids in high school. And future generations will be able to enjoy these moments from the past.

5. Share With Your Contributors

Now that you have a digital collection of your favorite memories, your family, friends and those who helped you build your collection will be pleased to enjoy and relive these beautiful memories! Happy memories are even better when shared!

Bonus: Collect, organize and share your digital memories with Kumbu

If you’re looking for a great place to collect, organize and share your new collection of memories, check out Kumbu! 

Kumbu is a secure and private platform that allows you to save audio files, photographs, and other kinds of digital artifacts like a Facebook Post,  WhatsApp conversations in your very own digital souvenir box. Check it out and let Kumbu help you get started on your memory project!

My Digital Memories are safe and beautiful in Kumbu
Arnaud Bressier

Father of two and co-founder of Kumbu. I am passionate about travel, food & natural wine and music !

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