One of my Things To Deal With after my closet declutter was filling a 5-opening picture frame. I bought it because hey, I have five kids and this frame has five openings, IDEAL! But there were too many decisions to be made. Two of the openings are one way and three are the other way, and the frame can be put up either horizontally or vertically which affects which "way" two/three are.
Plus, which of my THOUSANDS of kid photos should I use? And we didn't get a digital camera until the twins were 6 months old, so I'd have to go through ALBUMS and then SCAN PHOTOS IN. And I do want the kids' pictures to be in order by age, so what if I want to hang the frame vertically, and I don't find pictures in the right orientations that I like? OH ACK.
Well, so my plan was to put it in a closet for two years and not think about it, but THAT didn't work EITHER. After finding it again, I made this decision: either I deal with filling this frame, or I get rid of the frame. I spent an evening on it and it was worth it.
The first decision that really helped was deciding to use all newborn pictures of the kids. We were still using film cameras for the first four kids, so we don't have very many photos to choose from, and I was further limited by the orientation of the openings, but I just MADE DECISIONS choose-choose-choose and tried not to get all bogged down in what would be Perfect or how sad it was that a certain picture was the wrong orientation or WHATEVER. I just chose five newborn photos that fit in the five openings, and I scanned the four paper ones and uploaded them with the one digital one, and I got the prints and I bought them right away rather than giving in to the temptation of "I should wait until I have a larger order to place" which would have taken AGES.
So here are the five photos:
And then I had to decide where to hang the thing, but again I just got a hammer and chose a place, and if I don't like it I'll change it later, but here's how it looks right now. It's in my kitchen and I like it.
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