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4 Reasons Why You Need to Scan Your Old Slides
4 Reasons Why You Need to Scan Your Old Slides


Slides, Trays of Slides, Boxes of Slides, Slide Projectors, Light Bulbs for Slide projectors...all of these things seem like items from a gone-by era. And truthfully they are. As a child I remember my grandparents bring out the slide projector and screen after a family vacation or at a family gathering and enduring hours (ok, I was 5 so it was probably more like 20 minutes) of click-click, picture-picture, blah-blah-blah. Now as an adult I would give anything to go back to those days and listen closely to my grandparents as they told stories of their slides which really were the stories of their lives. Now all my grandparents are gone but what I do have is their slides and other photos, the visual documentation of lives richly led.  

Two years ago my aunt brought me two leather valises containing over 2,000 of my grandparent's slides. Using my Epson Perfection V700 scanner, I spent many a happy hour scanning those slides and bringing the images back into the light again. After I finished I went through the pictures with my mom and aunt trying to identify people and places. Now they have copies of these treasured family mementoes as well.  Does your family have boxes and trays of slides just sitting in the closet or the attic? It is really important that you have them scanning and digitized now and here is why. 


Your slides are rapidly deteriorating

Slides are made of a transparent piece of film encased in a rigid paper square. If moisture gets into the boxes, the slides can develop mold or mildew on the film which will eventually eat right through it.  Heat can loosen the glue on the paper sleeves so that the film just falls out.  And please, whatever you do, however you store your slides and photos, do NOT keep them in the garage or attic or any other place with unregulated temperature and humidity changes.



Andi Willis is a Home and Photo Organizing Expert and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA.  She is a Professional Organizer who loves to help people find creative solutions to organize their homes and simplify their lives. Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life! 


Find Andi at Good Life Organizing, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. You can also contact her by email or (478) 550-1969. Check out her guest blog and videos on Uncle Bob’s Self Storage Blog. You can also find her ebooks on Amazon.


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