In theory, I've got a great genealogy storage system. Family papers are stored by surname, and folders are labelled by the individual name. The family genealogies go in a file named "-- family histories" as does anything I don't quite know what to do with yet. Files are manila, acid-free. Storage boxes are acid free. Family documents, if I have to mix them, are carefully stored in protective sheets before being added to the files... However, I'm fast discovering a problem I didn't expect.
My genealogy files are becoming gathering places for anything and anything related to the families I study. It's great to have their mementos, but I'm fast reaching the point where I can't safely store everything. And if I keep something, it's with the intention of having it in 50 to 100 years. So I've started finding some objects new homes. Old newspapers that don't have a direct connection to my ancestor are finding a place at a relevant historical society. And I'll decide what else to give up soon.
How do you decide what not to keep? Where do those items go?