Photo collections have a way of sprouting up like weeds, and even with the invention of incredible digital storage platforms like iCloud, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of photos in our homes and on our electronic devices. I’m going to show you the easy way to whip your photo collections back into shape (both digital and physical) and get your memories organized. Just follow these 4 easy guidelines and you’ll be organized in no time at all!
1. Find all your photos (both physical and digital)
If you’re an old-school photographer, you might have photos stashed everywhere, some dating back decades in age. If you’re more of a new age Instagram type, then you might have photos spread across several devices, memory cards or platforms. No matter what format you store your photos in, bring them all out into the light of day. Get all your physical photos and lay them out in one open space, where you have plenty of room to browse through/organize. If you’re a digie-head, then make sure to skim all your devices and memory cards for photos, deleting any duplicates or unwanted photos along the way.
2. Organize Your Photos By Year
This is, admittedly, much easier to do if you’re working the digital angle. However, if you’re working with actual physical photos this can take a bit of time. Place the photos in separate group based on year, and don’y forget to keep the groups marked with post-its or something similar. For digital photos, make sure the photos are easily grouped together and stored in an appropriately marked photo or digital album like Flickr.
3. Find a Home for your Newly Separated Photos
For physical photos, this will come in the form of boxes, which can be purchased cheaply at home decor stores like Ikea. Box interiors can be separated further into seasons, events or major milestones, and will allow you a place to keep the photos until you have enough time to move on to the next phase of photo organization. Make sure to also find a place to keep your new photo boxes, somewhere free of any damp or extreme temperature fluctuations.
For digital photos, this can often be the end of the road in the organization battle, as you simply have to choose how and where you would like to display your digital photos. This can come in the form of digital to print services like Photobox, or it could come through the creation of memory products like these great books from Snapfish.
4. Decide How to Share Your Memories
Once all your photos are marked and stored away in the current chronological order, it’s time to decide how you want to enjoy and display your photos. For many, this comes in the form of scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is a great way to enjoy your photos and share them with friends and family for years. Scrapbooks can also be used as key items of interior decor, and offer a great way to make your photos more “interactive” and enjoyable. There are tons of great resources out there for those interested in beginning scrapbooking, and its a great way to practice organizational and decorative skill.
Print photos can also be utilized in memory book projects and gifts, as well as used in the decoration of homeware, decor and more. Once your photos are organized, the possibilities really are endless. See more ideas here.
Have more great ideas on how to organize your photos? Let me know in the comments below!