How to Organize Photos

How many times have you attempted the overwhelming task of sorting through the boxes, drawers and cupboards of pictures that chronicle your family history? For most of us, the resolve to conquer dissolves the minute we realize the momentous task ahead.

Step 1: Define your task, as Stephen Covey would say, “Begin with the End in Mind.”

Is your goal to sort all the pictures you’ve accumulated over your life or just to get the photos from last summer’s vacation into order? Pick a realistic goal that is harmonious with the time you have in which to get the task done. What would you like the end result to be? Do you want to get the photo cupboard cleaned out or do you want to be able to scrap the vacation pictures at the crop on Friday?

Step 2: Gather your supplies.

Will you store your photos in boxes, photo organizers, envelopes or in a Holding Album? Choose these things and have them available. There is nothing more annoying than getting to the end of a project and not being able to finish because you don’t have the right tools or supplies available.

Holding Album
Holding Album

 

Photo Storage Box & Organizers
Photo Storage Box & Organizers

 

Photo Storage Albums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Storage Albums

 

Step 3: Gather your photos and MEMORABILIA!

Try to think of photos and memorabilia as a couple that has just fallen in love. They want to go everywhere together. If they can’t be together they need constant communication.

Step 4: Start sorting, and/or break down the task.

If you are sorting decades worth of photos, sort them into boxes by year. Then go back and tackle one year at a time. If you are just sorting the summer vacation, first sort it chronologically. Then go through and sort each place you visited by page layout. Give each place its own pile. If you are using the Holding Album, it will be easy to put things into pockets by actual layout. Be sure to sort your memorabilia along with your photos.

Sort by Places with Memorabilia
Sort by Places with Memorabilia

 

Step 5: Storing Photos and Memorabilia

The most important thing about storage is accessibility and keeping things in order. You can use Photo Storage Boxes, Individual Photo Storage Envelopes or an Album Planner System. The Album Planner System is going to provide you the best Visibility, Accessibility, and allow for Memorabilia Storage along with your photos.

Use the ScrapRack Album Planner to keep everything together. Label the dividers for each segment of your album.

 

Step 6: Storing Memorabilia and Photos separately

If you choose a system that does not allow you to store your memorabilia and your photos together in one place, you will need to be sure and include notes with your photos about where your memorabilia is stored. Putting memorabilia in a large manila envelope with a label that corresponds to the label on your photos will work well.

Use manila envelopes labeled to duplicate your photo labels for memorabilia storage
Use manila envelopes labeled to duplicate your photo labels for memorabilia storage

 

Quick Tips
Choose the number of pages you want to do for a certain event before you choose the pictures. Then stick to your decision and choose the pictures that best tell that story.

When you are done scrapping a particular event, throw away the left over pictures. I know this is hard for some of us, but if you don’t have a use for them they will just create clutter that will slow you down.