Yeah, it's almost spring! I am so ready for warm weather, flowers and sunshine. With spring also comes that urge to clean and start fresh. If you have always hesitated to start your photo organizing project, I hope this blog gives you some steps to make a fresh start.
Step 1: Gather everything into one location
Go on a search, checking all drawers, envelopes, boxes or shelves and bring all the printed photos, albums, frames and memorabilia into a central location that you can dedicate to your organizing space.
Step 2: Set up your space, so that it works for you
Giving yourself a dedicate space will make it easier for you to stay motivated with your project. Having to drag things out and put them away each time, makes it harder to stay focused. Set up a table for spreading out your photos.
If that is not an ideal arrangement for you - don't worry you can still get it done! Get a bunch of empty boxes or bins from the dollar store to sort the photos into. You can then just gather the boxes up after each photo organizing session and tuck them away.
Collect some supplies. In addition to the boxes/bins you might need post-it notes, index cards, and a photo safe pen or pencil.
Step 3: Start sorting your photos
Open up any box, envelope or album and get started. This step is when you are gathering like items together. We are not really focused on eliminating duplicates at this step -- However -- I always note that if you clearly have an envelope of duplicates. You know like when we used to always get doubles, it would be ok at this step to either trash the doubles or put them aside if you think their may be someone else that may like to have the copies.
Start grouping the photos by years or decades, or you can sort by eras such as childhood, teenage years, college, etc. Another way to sort could be by theme: birthdays, vacations, sports, holidays, etc. Use the post-it notes or cards to mark your piles of photos and at the end of each session if you need to, put them into the boxes and away. Just having a plan and getting started are the 2 biggest hurdles, before you know if you will have an organized photo collection to share.
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