Category Archives: Photos and Momentos

Organizing Printed Photos – Reducing the Overwhelm

Organizing Printed Photos – Reducing the Overwhelm

Thanks to the lovely folks at Smead, a valued partner in the organizing field, for having me on their podcast recently on the topic of saving your photos. September is #SaveYourPhotos month, in concert with National Preparedness Month.

Smead Podcast Organizing Your Photos

If you’re like most people, about now, you’re saying, yeah, yeah, I’ll get to that when I’m retired. It all just seems so overwhelming right now.

We are in the middle of working with a client who had a house fire several years ago, and she lost some very important family photos. Luckily, most of her photos weren’t destroyed, but they were very disorganized after having been thrown in three big boxes while the house was remodeled and repaired. While working with her photos, our white gloves got very, very dirty from the soot still remaining on the photos. But just two weeks into the project, we have over 7,200 photos organized by date. We’re working with the client now to remove duplicates and prepare the collection for scanning, so they won’t be threatened by fire- or anything else- ever again.

Do your photos look like this, stored in a broken cardboard box?

 

photos to organize- before

 

I get it. The idea of organizing your photos CAN be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. So how do you break down your family’s photo organizing project? Don’t wait until your memories are threatened by fire, flood, or anything else. Listen to this Smead podcast (audio only)

or video (via youtube) to get the basics on how to think about this project.

Listen carefully, and you’ll hear the ONE thing you need to keep in mind when you start organizing your photos. It probably isn’t what you think.

If you like getting organizing inspiration via podcast, I’d encourage you to subscribe to the Smead channel.

Want to get started organizing your photos without spinning your wheels? Come to our #SaveYourPhotos Open House next Saturday, 9/23/17 from 10-1 pm. Please RSVP here.

 

What is an External Hard Drive and How Can an EHD Help Organize Photos?

What is an External Hard Drive and How Can an EHD Help Organize Photos?

You have photos everywhere. Your computer. Your old computer. Maybe the computer before that. Digital cameras. Teeny tiny camera cards that are constantly getting lost in the junk drawer. Thumb drives. DVD’s. Even those old floppy drives! Did you have some printed photos scanned? Those are now digital, too. On the cloud. Or maybe on… Continue Reading

10 Commandments of Saving Your Little Artist’s Masterpieces

10 Commandments of Saving Your Little Artist’s Masterpieces

Got kids? Then you have artwork. Masterpieces. Pasta creations. Hand-print animals. Oooh, those are the cutest! Here’s what I wish someone had told me early about saving my kid’s artwork. Please pass this along to every pregnant woman or new parent that you know. 1st Commandment: When savingĀ children’s artwork, Don’t Save Carbs. Cheerios, pasta, beans,… Continue Reading

Organizing Photos

Organizing Photos

Remember when film was expensive, developing photos took weeks and even more money, and no one knew what lignin-free and acid-free meant? Ah, those were the good old days. Even though we always ordered doubles, most of us only had 24 or 36 pictures to organize every now and then. Don’t believe me? It’s true.… Continue Reading