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Organize Photos

Organize photos to preserve precious ones like this oneStep by Step on How to Organize Photos

  1. Collect photos from every nook and cranny of your home. Remember to also search every closet of your home. Expect to have a pile of packets and stray photos. When you organize photos - handle only a few at a time, especially when you have a large pile. This accumulation of photos did not happen overnight, nor can you expect to organize photos overnight, either. Set aside a timer for 15 or 20 minutes, and simply work for that length of time.
  2. Place the photos out where you can see them all. Using a tray or a table spread them out. If you are able to, leave the project out on display for awhile and you will have less preparation time each time you work on this project.
  3. Decide on where you will put the photos. It could be a scrapbook, album, frames, flip-frames or a decorative box.
  4. Do a rough pass of sorting by doing the following:
    • Get rid of any blurry photos, including any photos that are too dark or too bright. Be sure to throw out any photos with a thumb or camera strap in it. Evaluate if you need duplicates or near-duplicates. If you have nice duplicates, perhaps give them to Grandma or another Organize photos in a photo album like this onefamily member or friend who would appreciate it.
    • Organize photos into broad categories. One way would be to put family photos in one pile, artistic and nature photos in another and separate utility photos, such as the photos take of your home or belongings for insurance purposes.
    • Make use of plastic sleeves when you organize photos by sorting them in the sleeves before you put them in their final destination. It's a lot easier to pack up your photo organizing session for the next time and you can see the pictures right away.
  5. On your second pass with the photos, think of how you will organize them. Will you organize photos chronologically, by event or by subject? Start by sorting them in the level detail that you want. When you are sorting your photos, put them in a place where everybody can look through them. Watching how everybody enjoys the memories is the reward for all your hard work and will help motivate you to continue on with the rest.
  6. Create labels as you organize photos. If you decide to write directly on the photo, instead of beside them in an album or scrapbook, be sure to use an acid free pen.
  7. If the final destination of the photos is a box, sort the photos directly into the box. If you are putting them in an album or scrapbook, do a rough layout for the arrangement of the photos before permanently placing them in a particular spot.

Organize photos in a scrapbookOrganize Photos Tips

  • Don't feel bad about have photos that are not sorted. Many people are in the same boat. Get over it by start to organize photos, even if it is only a few minutes a day.
  • Select a few of your favourite and best photos. Pictures that are hidden in albums or boxes typically don't get the attention they deserve.
  • Remember framed photos are excellent gift ideas. An old family photo can be scanned, cleaned up, enlarged and reprinted for a great keepsake.
  • Give yourself a break if you feel that you should be making scrapbooks for photos but simply don't have the time right now. Preserve the photos first and then reserve the option to create a scrapbook later.
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