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.

 

Tip # 9  Clues in the Attic

Within every home is a treasure trove of information about the lives of the people who live there. Unfortunately, many irreplaceable documents that help tell individual stories, aren’t seen as important and are deteriorating. Photographs turn yellow and fade. Papers grow brittle. Newspapers fade quickly and are stacked in attics and basements. Staples holding items together are rusting. The documents and keepsakes we have gathered over the course of our lives are often ignored. Before you know it those meaningful, collectibles become lost to the ravages of time. Pick a weekend and set aside time to review what you have. Then just sort and label the items, making notes of their importance. Choose archival storage boxes and envelopes to store everything. If you need help, the photo organizers are passionate about helping you preserve all the clues to your family stories.

 

Tip #10 The Stories that Bind Us

The New York Times published a great article by Bruce Feiler called, “The Stories that Bind Us”. He reports that families that refine and retell a unifying narrative about their positive moments and resilience during difficult times produce children who consistently show more self-confidence. Knowing the answers to questions such as: Do you know where your parents grew up? Do you know the story of your birth? Do you know of an illness or something difficult your family has experienced? was the best predictor of a child’s mental health and happiness. A way to help ensure your child knows these answers is to create a “Do You Know” photo book.  This doesn’t need to take a lot of time or be overly creative. Think of 20 “Do You Know” questions about your family and include the answers along with a photo.  The result will be a family photo book that can improve your child’s self-esteem and sense of belonging.

 

Tip #11 Fast Photo Book Ideas for Toddlers

Not every photo book needs to be a chronological series of photos and events. Here are some quick tips on ways to create a simple, fast and fun photo book. Do you have a favorite book you read to your toddler each night before bed? I always read the classic, Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Each night we would say good night to the telephone, red balloon and the moon. One day I decided to take photos of items in my daughter’s room and I created our own version of Good Night Moon. We would turn the pages and say good night to the night light, her stuffed bunny and the cat asleep in the chair downstairs. You can quickly personalize a favorite child’s story so they are the character and figure in the book. It just takes a few moments to snap photos of items throughout your house, upload them to the Picaboo and in just an hour or two you can create a personalized picture book.

 

Check back next Monday for more tips!