The other day when I was up there lookin gofr the sewing machine box (to send it off for service), I had to move one of them. The cardboard cut-out handle couldn't take the weight, and the box ripped. Moving the contents to another bankers box would only result in a repeat performance, so I bought some different sized boxes to try.
I've bought some small, sturdy, lidded boxes. Size A re A4 footprint, size B are A4+half again. I also bought some "transfer boxes", which turned out to be more flimsy than I expected. So, I shoved a load of them in the loft hatch, and then last night I went to start separating the memorabilia.
The box burst completely when I removed it from the shelf, so I had to try and do it while I was up there.
I used a size A box to house "cards". Cards to me from Geoff, to Geoff from me, and some cards from other people. I didn't dwell on them - I can dwell another time, when I review that particular box,
I put letters (like letters from the step children) into a transfer box. I stopped myself from reading them. Again, I can read them when I review that particular box next time.
I put photos into another transfer box. I tried to flick through them as I put them in, putting some to one side to bring downstairs to make sure I had a scanned copy (some of them are 36 years old). Two transfer boxes fit precisely into a Size A, 3 into a Size B.
The "other memorabilia" was put in a pile. I need to see what sort of stuff it is, so I can decided how to handle it. Some bits - like my step daughters school reports - I put to one side to give to her.
A small amount of stuff was thrown away.
After about an hour, I couldn't take the cold anymore, so I gave up. I scanned the photos, and sent electronic copies to the relevant people. I also had some photos where I am going to give the subjects the actual photo and just keep the electronic versions for myself. These were mostly pics of the children from the various holidays we had, but I also found some of my parents' long-deceased dogs.
I'm going to go and finish that particular box now, wonder what else I'll find?
At some point in the not too distant future, I will do the same with the other memorabilia boxes. Not just now though.