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How do I organize photos…I have thousands!

Since you have thousands to look through, I would suggest doing a first pass with the photos which will allow you to see what categories you have (and which ones are a priority to get in order). Set aside an afternoon, pull up a favorite playlist on iTunes and get started.

  • You’ll need some no-frills bins for sorting and grouping photos together.
  • I would suggest starting with broad categories such as, “family” or “Fall 2011″ and go from there. Make labels as you go so that you don’t get your piles mixed up.
  • Once you’ve sorted your photos into generic categories, I’m sure there are some piles that seemed more relevant and more precious to you than others. Sort those into more specific piles such as “Family Christmas, 2011″ or “Molly’s Birthday, 2010.”
  • Depending on how long your process takes, you can then choose to sort the other broad categories into more manageable piles (or leave them as they are).
  • You can store your sorted images into photo boxes, albums or scan them into your computer.
  • And don’t forget, toss any pics that are blurry or out of focus. You might also consider letting go of pictures that aren’t happy memories.

Image licensed for use under Creative Commons License from Flickr user Orin Zebest

Beth Zeigler knew she was on an organizing path when at the age of 5 she was maximizing her closet space to function as a second bedroom for her dolls. Throw in her background of delegating tasks to her younger brother throughout childhood–and her transition to organizing developed quite organically. Check out her web site at Bneato!

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