How to downsize after years of travel, and how to deal with the sentimental items?
I will be retiring soon. Having travelled the world for many years I have an enormous collection of postcards, photographs and thousands of colour slides. Not to mention letters, birthday cards and Christmas cards from friends, loved ones and fellow travellers. How does one deal with items of such great sentimental value when downsizing? I have no family.
Ask someone to scan the items and put them on a CD (assuming you have a computer or will have access to one), there are companies that do this for a fee but any halfway tech savvy teenager with a scanner (and they're very common now ) can do it, so it shouldn't be too hard to find someone to just do it as a favor. That way you can enjoy them without the clutter of their physica; presence. Once that's done, depending on the age of the pictures, slides & photos your local historical society or library might be interested. Also they and the cards could be sold on eBay--there are 3rd party sellers that will handle everything for you. (You can get some pretty good prices for photos & postcards--LOL, as one who has paid those prices for both!) If you don't want to mess with that lots of schools & daycares will take cards and re-use the fronts in different craft projects; same for scout groups.
If by some possibility you don't have a computer, you can get them stored in a cloud and/ or put on a sub drive. Some of the newer tv's have the ability to use this technology to put your pictures on your tv screen