What to Do with Originals Now that They Are Digitized

What to Do with Originals Now that They Are Digitized

You came. You saw. You digitized … now what?

Peace of mind. Decluttering. Taking a trip down memory lane. Whatever you want to call it, you’ve digitized your old analog media and now you’re free of that box and chain. That’s right, that box full of old film, VHS tapes, negatives and undeveloped film rolls isn’t there to weigh you down anymore.


Now, what do you do with all your originals? That, friends, is completely up to you. But in case you’re grasping at straws or racking your brain trying to find a solution, here’s a few options to consider.


Back in the box

The easiest answer – other than throwing them all away – would be to put them right back into the box from which they came and stuff it back under the basement stairs or up in that attic. Not ideal. But if you don’t want pay for storage or you just can’t let them go, then this is your next best option. Which leads us to the next consideration.


Storage unit

We all have boxes that just move with us. You know, those boxes that we never seem to unpack. Maybe it’s time you finally make the move and grab those boxes and all your recently-digitized media and get it out of the house for safekeeping from water damage and other detriments. For a small monthly rate, you can finally take your basement back! Maybe just in time for a remodel …?


Give them to family

Pawn them off to your grandparents, parents or children in the form of a gift. Tell them how much they mean to you and that you want your family to have them. To cherish the memories. At the end of the day, you’ve got the digital, no-storage required copies and now they’ve got that shabby box full of tapes. Suckers.


Whatever you decide to do with your old bulky media memories, you can rest assured that you’ve made the right decision to go digital. Now your memories will go where you go, no heavy lifting required.


Need a few other ideas of what to do with your originals? We’ve got you covered.


  • Use them as kindling for a bonfire
  • Build a raft using VHS film like Tom Hanks in Castaway
  • TP your neighbor’s house with the film roll
  • Make a hipster VHS inspired coffee table
  • Use the film roll to pad an Easter basket for you kids
  • Floss your teeth with the film
  • Recycle the tiny screws


What? We never said they were good options …

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