How to Organize Photos
One of the phrases I often hear from people is "I really need to figure
out how to organize photos...I have SO many photos that I've been
meaning to organize for YEARS
And they're seriously
Let's get rid of that
right now. Sound good?
Repeat after me: "Photos
are not sacred
Go ahead, it's really OK to say it. "Photos are not sacred."
You are not creating the National Archives. You CAN throw some of your
if you don't like them,
and you can (gasp!) save them without putting them in photo albums or
creating fancy scrapbooks if you want to.
I happen to love beautiful
albums...but not at the
cost of your peace of mind
You can store them very simply. Or you can be elaborate. Just don’t be
stressed about it.
They’re just photos.
them, let them make you happy, and have fun
. And let's look at how to organize photos in a
really works for you.
First of all, keep only the photos that you really love, with people
you enjoy and memories that make you smile.
Get rid of photos:
- that are blurry,
have people with red eyes,
or with half
- that remind
you of unhappy times or unhappy relationships
- that you can’t
remember the people, the place, etc.
- too many of a similar shot (keep the best, toss the rest)
- where you don’t
like how you look
- that make
you feel bad or upset or fat or whatever
It’s also much better to learn how to organize photos very
(and actually DO it) than not at
Here's how to organize photos the easy way:
- Round up your photos in one place. You’ve probably got them
in drawers, some in albums, some in the basement…get them all in one
place so you can see what you’ve got.
- Sort them:
Sort by category
(whatever makes sense to you – keep this simple). Toss
as many as you can as you go, sorting by person, year, event,
location. For speedy sorting, sort into piles, large
plastic bin or recipe box with tabs that you can label, or in manila
- Choose a system to EASILY
store and protect your photos.
you can see what you’ve got, you can decide what organizers you’ll
a VERY simple way to keep your photos. The easiest, fastest way
to sort, store, and keep up with your photos is to use photo storage
boxes (they’re like mini-filing cabinets for your photos).
You use tabs
to label each category. You can get them at places you would buy
scrapbooking supplies, craft supplies, etc. Look for photo storage
boxes that are
I would suggest doing this with all of your photos. It’s also
a good idea to label the
photos with the date, name, event,
- Now celebrate, because you've organized your photos!
LATER, if you decide you want to create scrapbooks or albums
at your leisure, feel free. Give yourself a break if you think you
should be making scrapbook albums but don't have the time just now.
Organize and protect
your photos first,
and give yourself permission to save the option to create scrapbooks
later (if ever).
- Maintain your new system. Whenever you process a new roll
of film, get in the habit of labeling
photos in your photo box right away.
to learn how
to organize digital photos