Wednesday, June 7, 2017

How to Organize Photographs

So I have been putting off this post for I think about 2 years now. It's not that I do not want to write this post, it's just I have been trying to figure out the best way to explain everything because you can organize photos in SOOO many different ways. If you are in Houston, there are various professional organizers who specialize in photo organizing like Photo Nanny. Ideally, you want to deal with photos the moment you receive them or print them. That way it isn't such a huge task all at once. Below are some basic ways I use to organize physical photos. 
  • Gather all your photos in one area. Find where all of your photos may be hiding in boxes, in bags, in cabinets, etc. and put them all in one place.
  • Label the photos. If you are one for marking on the back of photos like me, then you can date and put a description on them. I use a thin tip Sharpie to write on the photos because it stays on and won't mark through the photos if you don't press too hard. There are acid-free pens / pencils you can use as well.
  • Decide how you want to sort the photos. You can sort photos in so many different ways. 
    • By date
    • By event
    • By person
    • Be location
    • Etc.
  • Begin sorting the photos.
  • Toss photos that are blurry, not needed, etc. 
  • Decide how you want to store the photos. Whichever you decide, keeping them in something that is archival is best in order to keep them in the best shape. Keep them in a climate controlled area. You can store them in:
    • In albums (This is my preference)
    • In binders
    • In photo boxes
    • Scan onto a hard drive or onto the computer
    • Acid-free envelopes
    • Scrapbook them
  • Enjoy and share with others!

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