Is your PC cluttered with photos? Are your image folders piling high, filled to the brim with memories you don’t know how to manage? We’ve all been there. Sometimes we save photos for scrapbooking projects we never get around to, other times we plan to process the images to perfection in a photo enhancement program. Learn how to organize your photos in five simple steps.
Let’s use our photos and cut the photo clutter!
Take the beautiful memories out of your computer’s archives and use them. Hang portraits on your walls. Print wallets and hand them out to the grandparents. Showcase your most precious memories in your home. Pick up a scrapbook or Project Life binder and jot down a few notes about each picture.
The longer you wait, the more the photos pile up and the more overwhelming the task seems. Don’t get down on yourself if you’re already in this boat, just follow along with these helpful suggestions and organize your photos for practical use.
I take hundreds of images each month. The raw images I shoot with my DSLR are mega-sized files that can clog a PC’s hard drive in the blink of an eye.
Here’s my system to cut clutter and organize photos.
Arrange photo folders by month.
This way, it’s easy to select image prints for baby albums, remember family vacation time frames and important dates.
Review your photos.
Each month sit down and go through the month’s photo folder. Delete any images that aren’t captivating, blurry images, and photos your toddler took when you weren’t looking. Trim down files by keeping only noteworthy, breathtaking, or heartfelt photos. If you’re new to photography, pick up Kristin Duke’s photography guides. They’re chockful of tips to capture high-quality images you’ll cherish for years.
Canvas wall prints make gorgeous conversation pieces. I just received a colorful print of this photo from Easy Canvas Prints, and I love it! I can’t wait to fill up my while walls with a few more canvases of my family as we are right now. My tiny littles are just so charming and joyful…thus my current obsession with taking way too many pictures.
Sign up with online photo printing sites
Receive alerts for the newest deals and promos. I jump on Snapfish’s penny prints deals whenever I’ve got a slew of photos in line for printing.
The more you understand about lighting, angles, and creating high-quality images, the fewer photos you’ll need to take to capture a memory.
Take time this week to get a jump-start on polishing up your photo files. Order prints, bust out your scrapbooking supplies, and use your photos to keep memories alive!
Your turn: How do you organize your photos? What is your favorite way to display them?