Organize Your Printed Photos

Organize Your Printed Photos

If you are anything like me, now that we are in a digital world you take a million photos for a few great ones. You used to order doubles when you actually got your photos developed and you have shoe boxes full of photos that have no rhyme or reason. So the thought of organizing your photos can seem overwhelming, I get it. I recently have gone through a process of bringing all my photos together and forced myself to organize them in a way that my family will be able to enjoy them for generations to come. So, where do you start?

How do you eat a whale? One bite at a time! 

There are methods that experts have come up with to help you with this process. The first thing is to pull all your photos together and have a space where you can work on them without other items getting in the way.

A few helpful items to have on hand prior to getting started:

  1. Sorting boxes (you can purchase at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.)
  2. Photo box dividers (to write a description on
  3. Pen

Remove Duplicates

If you have duplicates, remove them. You can either throw them away, or set them aside for your children’s own set.

Remove photos that are repetitive

We’ve all been to the zoo and have 14 photos of an elephant. Some you can barely see it because it’s behind a tree. Remove all the photos that are repetitive. Again, you can either trash them, or set them aside for your children’s set. Keep only the photos that are key and best represent the group or event you were at.

Remove photos that are blurry or bad

I’m sure you will find that you have more than enough photos of every event. No need to keep the blurry or those that are not clear. In scanning, less is more because you really only want to capture the best of the best. Also keep in mind scanning photos is per photo, so if you can narrow down your groups to the best of, you’ll save a lot of money!

Where Do I Start

We’ll talk about how to collect your digital files in the next blog! I hope this was helpful in getting you started with preserving your memories for years to come!