With the new year upon us, many people will make a resolution to get organized and a common focus (pun intended) is photos. How many of us have shoeboxes/plastic containers/drawers full of moments we wanted to remember forever?
By taking this seemingly endless task and breaking it into smaller steps, you’ll be organized in no time...and have fun reminiscing over photos your forgot you had!
First, LOCATE - gather all photos from closets, under the bed, desk drawers...
Second, SEPARATE - think of categories: People, Year, Events, Travel, etc. Try to keep to a few high-level headers; having too many will lead to photos applying to multiple categories which will add too much complication.
Avoid placing into piles. Use an archival photo storage box for each category & place the photos as you go. Should you need to step away during the process, this will ensure you have a solid point you can step back into easily, whether it’s 2 hours or 2 weeks.
Third, EVALUATE - Before placing each photo into their box, take a good look. Blurry? Already have 2 copies? Already saved digitally? It’s ok to discard them, it’s all part of getting organized!
SEPARATE some more - In each of the boxes, feel free to break them down into smaller categories. For example, if you have a box for “Holidays”, you may want to separate further either by year or by specific holiday.
DATE - Using an archival pen designed just for photos, label the back of photos with names, dates, locations, etc.
CONTEMPLATE - What’s next?
Consider placing photos in an album or using in a scrapbook. These can be great ways to display and share the memories you have collected.
Consider going digital. With everything stored this way, you always have a back up and they are safe from elements that can damage prints (temperature, moisture)
This may be a time consuming endeavor, but you will be SO glad you tackled it!