We are continuing our series of tips on how to organize your backlog of printed and digital photos, media, and memorabilia. Check out last week’s entry here: http://bit.ly/14zk0Pn

Tip #3 Don’t Forget Your ABC’S

Now that you have culled and sorted your photos into piles, the fun part begins. Next you’re going to looking at each photo to narrow down your sort. This isn’t the time for reminiscing or you’ll get bogged down quickly. Use the two-second-touch rule to keep you on track – don’t hold a photo for more than two seconds. Next create four piles labeled ABC and S.  A = Album – When going through your images, any photo you deem as an “A” is the best of the bunch! These are the images that belong in an Album, and that you want to share with your friends and family. Mark them for later use.  B = Box Classifying a photo as a “B” means it is important to keep. It should be kept and organized for long term storage in an archival storage box but not a photo you need to see every day.  C = Can (Yes you can throw a photo into the trash can) – It is OK to part with useless, poor quality, duplicated images. How many copies of the Eifel Tower or a blurry sunset do you really need?  Last of all and most importantly is the S = Stories. Does the photo tell a story you want to remember? If so, add that photo to the A pile because it is the story of your life that matters. Your photo story needs to be told and passed down from generation to generation.


 Tip #4   Archival Photo Storage Solutions

Do you have photos that are curling and fading? It is because photos would rather live where you do, not in a musty basement or humid attic. Thus, it is important that you choose quality products to use to store your photos. There are many different types of archival photo storage products available, which include archival photo boxes, archival print storage, crystal clear bags and print sleeves to help you bring order to the chaos that is now your collection of family photos.

Archival photo storage simply means that the materials used in the construction of the particular archival print storage solutions contain no acids, which are produced by paper products and over time can damage and discolor the delicate surface of your photos. By storing the pictures in archival photo storage, you remove one hazard to the pictures’ longevity over time. If you have a large number of photographs, one easy way to get started is to get several archival photo boxes. You can assign archival photo boxes to particular family members or theme. Label each box with the contents inside so it will be very easy to figure out where particular photographs are in the future.


 Tip #5   Brush Your Teeth, Eat Healthy and Delete your Photos

Thanks to the immediacy of digital photography, it’s easy to capture every moment of our lives. And with inexpensive digital cameras everywhere, particularly your mobile phone, chances are that you’ve amassed quite a large collection by now. The big question is how to manage that collection, let alone keep silly photos of your kids and pets from accidentally mixing in with your timeless wedding photos. The first tip is to make sure you remove your photos from your camera and phone as soon as possible after the event, or set aside a time once a week to do this. And don’t forget to use the delete option! When you were using a film camera, you would only take one or two photos of a sunset, not the 20 – 30 we so easily take today. The sooner you eliminate the photos you don’t need, the less overwhelmed you will be.