The good news is that because we are in a digital picture taking era we have less printed photos filling our drawers and cabinets. Now the photo pile up is a computer project. Regardless whether you have photos online, in your computer, stored in the cloud, or still stored in shoeboxes high up in the closet, the same organizing principles still apply. The work it takes to sort them into categories, purge them and store them as you go forward is still at hand. So consider some of these tips as you begin to tackle organizing your photos.
- Decide how you will sort and be consistent. You can sort by date, person, family, event, and just about any other category you want to.
- If they are actual photos sort them into albums or boxes. Archive safe boxes are available if you are concerned about preserving them long term. Any specialty photo store should carry them or shop online.
- If your photos are digital, organize them in a photo software on your computer. Again sort them by date, event or person. Just highlight and drag groups of photos into different photo folders you set up. I’d recommend creating the folder as you go. Don’t try to guess which folder titles you will want. When you come across your oldest child’s college graduation pictures create the folder then and slide them into it.
- There are several options to share or drop pictures into online websites to create hardcopy photo books. Gone are the days of photo albums. Now you can create a book that takes up less shelf space. Try Shutterfly or Snapfish. There are other good websites but those are the two most popular.
- If you’re tired of storing boxes and boxes of old pictures in your closet or attic, ship them off to a scanning company. They will scan them all in and give you a hard drive of all your photos!
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