Next decluttering project - the file cabinet! We keep a fireproof locking file cabinet in the office/den/used-to-be-a-bedroom. I've not been good at filing lately and had a pile of stuff to organize. I also had one of the boxes Mom brought which was full of papers. I've sorted, re-organized, digitized, and shredded until my shredder gave up! Interesting finds from Mom's box: a lock of my grandfather's baby hair (c.1909), the original deed to the family plot at the church cemetery (c.1891), burial records from 1910, baptismal certificates (1873, 1898, 1923, 1933). All have been scanned and the originals stored in archival boxes with notes on what I knew or learned about the people involved.
I also found the cemetery papers for the plot where Mom wants to be buried - not in the family plot above. DH thinks it morbid that I showed such interest in it but I countered that someday we'll need this information and to have it reviewed and in good order now can only help then.
So everything's been sorted and categorized. The stuff currently useful will go back into the file cabinet. We're getting a second fireproof file in which to store the 'archive' files in the basement storage. Some of this old stuff is just irreplaceable and while the scans are good to have, the originals are even better. And the old tax records, property records, security forms from work, etc. need to be kept and protected. Copies of all the scanned material is on DVDs in the bank security deposit box along with the really critical papers like wills, deeds, and such.