Tips for Organizing Print & Digital Photos

By Kelsey Langager

Are you tired of looking in your closet and seeing the boxes of photos shoved on your top  shelf? Are you frustrated trying to find the photos of your last family vacation on your computer?

Here are a few helpful tips for organizing your print and digital photos so they can be
enjoyed by one and all.

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•Delete all of your unwanted photos.
•Use descriptive folder and file names for easy recall in the future.
Example: ItascaStatePark_2012.jpg instead of Vacation_2012.jpg.
•Back up photos on an external hard drive so they are safe if your computer crashes.

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•Gather all your photos in one place and sort them into three piles: keep, toss and give away.
•Put the photos you are going to keep in chronological order, starting with the most
recent. Starting with photos that are fresh in your memory will help the task seem less overwhelming.
•Use index cards to divide them by years.
•Store photos in acid free storage boxes to avoid damage.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the number of photos you have to sort through, pick a
theme or series of pictures that seem attainable. For example, a family vacation, baby pictures, whatever inspires you to finish the task.

Now that the hard part is done, have fun placing them in photo albums or creating a scrapbook where the memories can be enjoyed by all!

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