Photo Organizing can be a daunting task. Many families have decades of old photos taking up space in their home. I’ve come across photographs in various closets, basements, garages, even attics. Unfortunately, many photos not stored in climate controlled spaces were damaged. To better organize and preserve photos and memories, please follow these tips:
16 Tips for Organizing Photos
- Gather all photographs in one place: This includes photos in frames, albums, boxes, drawers, closets, wherever they have fallen. Once you get them in one place, they are easier to sort.
- Set aside a large flat surface, such as a big table or desk, to sort through the photos.
- Have a photo safe pen for labeling the backs of photographs.
- Separate photos by date as much as possible so it will be easier to spot duplicates.
- Remove any duplicate photos by giving them to someone else or tossing them.
- Discard any blurry photos.
- Remove any landscape photos that are not important to you, or reduce the collection to keep just a few of each location.
- If photos are very similar, choose the best one, and give away or toss the others.
- If there are any photos where you feel you don’t look good or they bring about bad memories, remove those as well.
- Store your photos in a way that makes the most sense to you. Some choices are : chronologically, by year or by stages of your life (childhood, high school, after marriage), by events (birthdays, holidays, graduations), by a person’s name, or by a category of people (parents, friends, cousins).
- Determine how you’d like to store photographs, either in albums or in boxes.
- Count or estimate the number of photos remaining, and gather or buy storage boxes or albums for these photos.
- Label albums or boxes so photos are easy to access.
- Determine if you’d like to scan some or all photographs, and plan a time to scan those, or outsource that to a business that provides photo scanning.
- Consider using archival storage products to preserve your memories.
- Store photos in a climate controlled space.
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