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10 Simple Tips and Tricks to Organize All of Your Photos

Whether you are new to the world of scrapbooking, memory keeping, documenting, or you have been doing it for years, there is without a doubt a box of printed photos somewhere in the back of a closet in your home. The thought of that box, at times, makes it on to your to do list, and other times it, sadly, does not.

Even if the task of actually getting those photos into a book is daunting at the time, an hour on a Sunday afternoon can easily be dedicated to, at the very least, organizing them. I am happy to share the best tips and tricks for organizing photos that have helped me to make a dent in that pile in the back of the closet.

  1. Organize your Photos by Year, and then Month. I tend to have a box for each year at a time, and then within that I try to tab out the months. Sometimes it is as simple as a post-it note to mark off one month from another.

2. Organize Photos by a Special Trip or Vacation. We love Disney, and a Disneyland or Walt Disney World Trip absolutely warrants its own scrapbooking session. Having those photos ready to go as a complete package makes for a fun filled scrap retreat.

3. Did you inherit a lot of old family photos and aren’t quite sure who everyone is? The parking lot method of sorting photos can be a huge help! This method is a wonderful, step by step guide for how to handle those precious memories. In short, it involves looking through photos until faces become familiar, and then start grouping them into families.

4. Speaking of not wanting to lose photos, there’s always a risk of that happening with old photos that you only have physical copies of. Don’t forget to scan old photos to create digital copies.

5. Once old photographs have been scanned, you can store them in a box that will protect them from air and light – ideally a fire proof box. A fire-proof document bag is also a great space saver!

Some choose to include these in a safe deposit box to ensure that they are preserved for future generations.

6. Once photos have been stored on your computer, ensure to organize and name them in a way that makes sense. Tidymom.net has a fail-proof naming system: Organize by year, and within each year folder, name the files with the month, day and include a description of the photos. For instance, If it is a picture of little Jake riding a pony at the fair on the 4th of July, name the photo “07042020_JakeRidingPonyatFair”

7. When it comes to digital copies on your mobile device, if you’re anything like me, you may take a dozen (or two) photos of nearly the same pose to get the picture you want. But there’s no need to keep all of those pictures! Pick your favourite image or two, and delete the rest. The fewer photos you have, the more you’ll appreciate them.

8. If you’re feeling inundated and don’t know what to do with all those iPhone photos, take heart. You can organize all of them (yes, ALL of them) quickly using smart albums.

9. Create the odd quick page with the Project Life App for your iPhone. This app has revolutionized how we scrapbook and document our days and years. I would commonly create a page while nursing my baby in the wee hours of the night.

10. Backup, backup, backup. There are many options for backing up photos. Some popular choices include Google Photo , Amazon Photo, and DropBox. Choose the one that works best for your storage needs, but do not forget this important step.


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