Are your family photos a mess? Do you know where they are in your home? If you’re like most people, your photos are scattered throughout your house in bags and boxes in your closet and basement. It can be an overwhelming, but rewarding job to get them organized so they’re easy to access and enjoy! With a little bit of winter left, this is the perfect time to spend a warm afternoon or two getting photos together and organized. At The DeClutter Coach we love helping families organize, preserve and share their family photos and memories. Here are three quick steps to get you started!
STEP 1- Gather ALL Your Family Memories In One Place
Family memories could include printed photos, slides, super 8 movies, DVD’s etc. Don’t forget your digital photos that are most likely on different devices such as phones, iPads, laptops, desktop computers, jump drives and photo cards. When they’re all in one place, you’ve tackled a big part of the project!
STEP 2- Decide On a Sorting Method
I recommend sorting by type, then decade. Some types could be: vacations, holidays, birthdays, religious events, etc. The choice is yours. You can be as specific or as broad as you’d like. After organizing by type, then organize each type by decades, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s etc. Don’t stress about whether it’s 1973 or 1976. Organizing by decade is much easier and will keep you moving along quickly with the sort!
STEP 3- Select a Digitizing and Storage Solution
I personally use and recommend Forever.com – a cloud-based storage solution for a variety of important reasons including:
- You retain ownership rights of your photos (unlike most free services)
- No data mining
- No advertising on the site
- No selling of personal data
- The site contains bank level security, so your photos are safe
- Your photos and videos will be converted as new mediums are established at no charge
In addition, Forever’s on-line version and app provide quick and easy access to your photos. You can create albums and tag people for each retrieval and most importantly easily SHARE your memories!
Remember to start small. Set aside time each week to work on this project. Patience is important. The end result will be the preservation of your family’s stories through photos that can be viewed by generations to come!