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Apr 01, 2019

How to Store and Organize Photos

Did you know that every year people upload 657 billion photos? Every two minutes, more people take photos than the previous 150 years combined. Photos are a way for us to preserve our memories and share our experiences with others. Most photos are digitally stored and uploaded, but what about those print photos that you have laying around? Or photos that inherited from your grandmother that can’t be replaced? Here are some things that you can do to take care of these precious photos so that they can be enjoyed by your great-grandchildren.

Find Your Photos
The only way to organize your photos is to get them all in place to know what you are dealing with. You don’t have to take pictures off the walls, but gather all your photos that are stored in drawers, scrapbooks, hanging on the fridge, hiding under the bed and anywhere else you can think of. It is important to get all your photos in one location so you can see exactly how much work is ahead of you, instead of just trying to organize as you find them. It will also help if you find all your digital photos on old devices, but for now, we will just stick with organizing physical photos.

Figure Out Your Goal
From here, you might have hundreds of photos piled up on your kitchen table and you might be a little overwhelmed. Now you need to decide what you want to get out of organizing your photos. Do you want to put in chronological order? Do you just want them in a box that will protect them from the elements? Are you trying to just find your favorite ones to make a photo collage? Whatever the goal, the outcome is still the same: to get them all in one designated area. If you want to store them in boxes, there are specific photo boxes that are cute and cheap and will help protect your photos from decay. Cardboard boxes don’t last very long and plastic tubs can warp. I made the mistake of storing my photos in glass picture frames, and over time the pictures stuck to the glass and a lot of them were ruined.

Fun Tips for Organization
The point of having photos is so you can have them to take a trip down memory lane. Putting print photos into a photo book will allow you to look at the photos whenever you want to, or you can take your favorite photos and hang them up on the wall with strings and a clothespin. There are tons of crafts that you can do with old photos, so don’t be afraid to experiment! You can even send in all your photos to specific companies that will digitally scan in all your photos and videos and organize them for you. If you get your photos digitally copied, you can put your prints in storage so they don’t take up clutter in your house.

Photos are a fun way to keep track of your important memories with friends and family. Sometimes they are the only things we have left of people who have passed on, so taking care and organizing them will help you in the long run when you want to find one photo or show your children their great aunt Bessy. Pictures that are stored correctly and kept track of can be enjoyed for decades to come.

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