• MJ

Drowning in photo clutter?

Ask yourself a few questions

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar. You somehow find yourself with a big box photos – maybe it's yours, maybe you inherited it. Then some albums fall off a high closet shelf. And then a long-forgotten crate of negatives and slides appears in the attic.

You know many of these items – like wedding portraits and childhood photos – tell a story of your family and deserve better than to be stored in a shoe box in the back of the closet. But you also know that some of them – duplicates, those out-of-focus or overexposed – need to be tossed.

You don't want to pass along the mess that you've been given. But where do you start on a photo organizing project?

First ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What does the end result look like? Do you want important items identified and stored in acid-free archival-quality storage boxes? Are you interested in placing items in photo albums? Do you want to convert everything to digital and share photos electronically with family members or make photo books?

  2. Do you prefer to sort chronologically by year – or does by family, person or event make more sense?

  3. Would anyone else enjoy receiving extra or duplicate photos that you no longer want to be responsible for?

By asking yourself these few questions you will quickly determine your goals. Just by answering the ones above you could have identified the following goals:

  • Share the photo collection with family members

  • Make creative gifts as holiday presents

  • Frame and display items in your home

  • Finally gather all photos in one place

  • Store items in archival-quality storage boxes

  • Convert some or all photos to digital format

  • Create electronic back-up of the most important items

Want to know more about my 6-step process for organizing photos? Or if you would like one-on-one assistance with your project contact me anytime at (608) 345-1836 or