The world may be going electronic, but at some point you may still want to print out copies of your favorite pictures. Even if you aren’t printing pictures from your newest digital camera, you probably still have hundreds of print pictures that need to be organized until you can do something nicer with them.
1. By Date And By Event
The simplest way to organize your photos may be chronologically. Simply getting them in order by season can certainly help you find pictures when you need them. However, you might also want to consider pulling out certain events and highlighting them within the order. Family vacations, for instance, can be pulled out and set off by themselves. Graduations, births, weddings and other special occasions can be highlighted within the chronological ordering.
2. By Person
Organizing chronologically is great, but it can still leave you searching when you want pictures of a certain person. Some people choose to organize pictures according to who is in them. Sort them according to their relation to you, putting children together, grandchildren in another file and your own siblings in another file.
However you decide to organize them, it’s a good idea to have subcategories. For instance, within the category of fall, 2005 you could group Halloween pictures together or keep pictures of certain people together. If you organize them by person, then within each person’s category you might want to further organize by date, event, or activity.
4. Photo Box
Photo boxes are designed to hold 4” x 6” prints. They usually have divider cards for organizing pictures within the box. They hold a few hundred pictures, which works well for smaller collections. You can also buy several boxes and label each one according to a certain category to accommodate larger collections.
5. 3-Ring Binders
Purchase some plastic sleeves and slip them into a 3-ring binder. The outside of a sleeve can be labelled with your chosen category and then pictures can be slipped inside them. This is especially handy when you are first starting to organize. Once you have the pictures organized into basic categories, you can return and better organize each category.
6. Plastic Bins
Plastic art bins are usually the perfect size for storing pictures. You can buy dividers that will fit or simply make your own. The plastic will keep your pictures dry and they can easily be stacked. Plastic bins or drawers designed for notebook sized paper are ideal for larger prints that won’t fit in photo storage boxes.
7. Photo Albums
Maybe you love to do scrapbooking with stickers and embellishments. This is a joyful pastime, and a time-consuming one. To keep pictures safe and secure while they are waiting to be immortalized in the family scrapbook, store them in basic photo albums. Your pictures will be safe, secure, easily viewed for selection, and they can be organized within these preliminary albums.
The ultimate photo storage system, scrapbooks not only showcase your favorite print photos, they also tell a story. The memories you are sure you will always remember can still be forgotten, but in a scrapbook they will be available for generations to come. This can be a very time-consuming process, or it can be incredibly quick. By choosing acid-free archival quality paper and acid-free writing instruments, you can quickly get your pictures in the album and write a few notes about the person or event.
Photos are wonderful for helping you remember those special moments. They bring reminders of good times and hard times, and are cherished through the generations. Protect your printed pictures so that you can enjoy those memories for years to come.