I have to apologize in advance for the fact that most of my posts are probably going to be about moving for the next few weeks as I slog through transitioning all my piles of stuff (crap) to a new abode. It's brought up some questions, and I'd love to hear how other people treat packing/saving/donating/trashing when combing through the years of memories in their home. Here are some items that have me stumped on what to do with them:
- Old dayplanners
- Sure, they're out of date, but I would have to argue that they're still relevant. When I was in college, I used to keep monthly planners not for keeping track of my schedule, but for recording the minutiae of what I was up to day in and day out. And as pointless as it seems to look back and see "Tuesday, September 18th, 2003 - Pizza for dinner", I've found that it jogs my memory of who I was at that moment in time. Now, how to store them in a non-hoarders way? TBD.
- Old sketchbooks
- These are trickier for me, because I have trouble looking at past sketches I've made and seeing anything beyond DEAR GOD THAT'S HORRIBLE. Some old sketches/ideas are good depictions of an evolution of my style, I suppose, but I'm afraid a lot of it is just crap scribbled in a corner. Away with ye!
- So, so many comics. This applies to books in general, I suppose. How do you decide what stays and what goes? I guess you know if you truly love a book if you've already hauled eight boxes of the stuff and are still willing to lift the five more you just filled. Trades are much easier to transport than the floppies, though, which I'm embarrassed to say I have just floating around loosey-goosey, free of any board/bag system. Proper comics collectors, feel free to shame me.
How about you guys - what do you struggle particularly with getting rid of or figuring out where to store? I'd love to hear your thoughts! (and by that, I mean steal your expertise)