SARAH MACNAUGHT, FOUNDER
I’ve been a successful professional organiser for years.
Decluttering people’s lives, organising homes, managing large-scale downsizing projects, I’ve done it all. But one thing has always bugged me. The photographs.
All those hours spent crawling through attics, pulling suitcases from under beds, moving dusty shoeboxes out of cupboards, time and time again it was the photographs my clients treasured most. They were often unsorted and no copies existed so if they were lost in the move, they’d be gone forever.
I always felt these pictures should be shared with other family members, but most of my clients had no idea how to do that. It seemed daft to be handing them back, unsorted, to clients to put into their new loft for the next 20 years. But I had no method of organising photographs.
All of this really hit me when I returned to my native Australia for my brother’s funeral. I’d always presumed one of my 8 siblings had all the family photos but it turns out they didn’t. I realised our memories are scattered around the family too. That’s when I knew I needed to find a way to help people manage their photos.
Stuff is stuff, but memories are forever. So I set up The Photo Curators.