Many people of my general age, 50-60 have photos they’ve accumulated their whole lives. They probably have several boxes of loose photos from their childhood, many magnetic albums with the sticky backs (very bad we now know), along with bins of vintage photos and framed photographs they may have inherited from their parents at some point.

Now, as if that’s not enough, they most likely are the owners of an ever growing number of digital photos, perhaps of their own children, many of whom were raised with digital photography as the only images of themselves that exist. These digital images may be still stuck in SD cards shoved in the desk drawer, or even, still in the old school digital camera up on a closet shelf!

These people no doubt meant to someday get around to organizing all these photos, but “life got in the way.”

Is any of this resonating with you?

Add to that all the memorabilia such as newspaper clippings, certificates, ticket stubs and children’s artwork accumulated through the years, and you’ve got yourself one heck of an organizational project on your hands.

As a Certified Photo Organizer, I have met many people in this dilemma. I always have the same advice – “Start today!”

Here are two different options you may consider to get you on your way:

1. Work on your childhood photos by weeding out those you don’t care about. Scan the best ones to digital for safe keeping on an external hard drive and a cloud based storage plan. Put your culled down collection of photos in a simple album or an archival photo box labeled neatly “Childhood Photos.

2. Working from the present time frame, choose your favorite 100 digital photos of your family from last year and copy them to a folder called “2014 Family Photos” on your desktop. Remember to look in all the places you may have digital photos, including Facebook, Instagram, etc.. Then copy that “2014 Family Photos” folder to your external hard drive and your cloud based storage plan. Next, have a beautiful family photo book made out of those photos for your enjoyment!

Life will always “get in the way”, and most of us don’t have time to organize a lifetime of photos in one session. But why not try one of these smaller steps to give a sense of satisfaction while enjoying your photos!

Thank you to Karen McCann for sharing this information

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