Despite trends such as minimalism and decluttering and the “throwaway society” idea of the relentless pursuit of the newest and best, human beings are nothing if not contrary and many of us find it difficult to get rid of possessions.
The 19th Century British textile designer William Morris advised:
1. A written declaration certifying to a person’s character, conduct, or qualifications, or to the value, excellence, etc., of a thing; a letter or written statement of recommendation.
2. Something given or done as an expression of esteem, admiration, or gratitude.
So for a business, such as ours, a testimonial would be written by a customer,
In a previous blog we talked about the requirement for many organisations to keep and store archived paper records, often for many years.
But like many physical materials, paper is organic and likely to deteriorate over time so
The massive ransomware attack WannaCry in May this year that virtually shut down many of the UK’s hospitals and GP surgeries illustrated the vulnerability of digital records.
Medical services had to return to paper-based systems to carry on, showing the importance of
Preserving and storing photographs is important for historical research. Photographs are of immense value to scholars in many fields, not only for historians, as a visible record of many aspects of life throughout the centuries, they also have great sentimental value for families and individuals throughout their own lives.
The older they are the more vulnerable to damage photos become. Printed on paper and given a coating of chemicals they are sensitive to light, heat and even to touch.
Paper can become brittle and yellow if exposed to too much light. Handled too often photographs can become
The introduction of internet technology was meant to also be the dawn of a new age, the paperless society.
We were told this would be good for the environment because we would no longer need to cut down huge swathes of forest every year. We would no longer need massive amounts of storage space and archive material. But it hasn’t turned out to be quite like that, though, and how realistic is it?
When young people move out from home – either for college terms or more permanently – parents often find themselves looking after their offspring’s collections until, in theory, their owners move into a large enough space to be able to take them away.
Anyone who has ever sold their home will be familiar with the agents’ advice to remove “personal clutter” and create an open and neutral space into which viewers can project their imaginations.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
A couple of years ago a book by Japanese author, Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising, became an international best seller.
It is based on the principle that we should keep only those possessions that we truly love and will use and should be ruthlessly disciplined about getting rid of everything else. Her suggested methods,