5 Reasons to Organize Your Photos

For the past couple of months, I’ve been working on a very large project to organize my photos. And I mean a very large project. While most scrapbookers take a lot of photos, I have been a photography enthusiast almost my entire life. I got my first camera at age eight. That’s, well, decades of photos – over twenty boxes of them!

5 Reason to Organize Your Photos

As I went through the project, I discovered that I wasn’t as organized as I had thought. And I also discovered some very good reasons for organizing your photos.

Reason #1: So You Can Find Them

Yes, we’re starting out with the most obvious reason to organize your photos. Can you lay hands on any photo in your archive, digital or print, any time you want it? If the answer is “no” or “not without a bunch of digging around”…you need some photo organization! 

I had thought my photos were pretty well organized, until I embarked on this project and discovered otherwise. 

Reason #2: So You Know What You Have

Part of the process of organizing photos is consolidating all of your photo assets together in one system. Through this process you end up taking what is essentially an inventory – and even uncovering things that you had forgotten you had. As I was going through boxes of photos that I was organizing, I discovered all sorts of lost gems: enlargements I’d had made to scrapbook, photos from my school years in Europe, and even a precious photo of my husband as a toddler with his mother!

Reason #3: So You Can Protect Them

Hand in hand with the organizing process goes the process of creating proper storage. When your photos are organized, it is much easier to create storage that will protect them from disasters and environmental damage. This goal was actually the primary reason that I started my photo organization project, but it actually ended up being secondary to other ones once I got started. 

Reason #4: So You Can Share Them

Photos are meant to be shared…but you can’t share them if you can’t find them. Wouldn’t it be great to show your budding ballerina granddaughter a photo of her mother doing ballet at her age? Or to show your kids pictures of what Disneyworld looked like when you were a kid when you are getting ready for your own family trip? Or post a first day of kindergarten picture on Facebook of your new high school graduate? Doing all of that is so much easier when your photos are organized!

Reason #5: So You Can Hand Them Down

Photos are more than personal memories. They are family heirlooms! You may know what year that photo was taken, or who those people are. But do your kids – or your grandkids? Would someone else be able to find what they want in your photo archives, or would it seem like an impenetrable mess? Organizing your photo archive means that you can pass down your knowledge of your photos along with them, so they will mean more to future generations. I’m so glad that I did this project now while my mom was still around to ask questions about photos I found.

So, given how important it is to organize your precious photo memories, I’m going to be sharing a series all this week that is the result of my own photo organizing project. We’ll discuss everything from organizing your negatives to the next generation organizing project of actually scanning your prints. I hope at the end that you’ll be inspired – and empowered – to take on the project yourself.

Come back and join me tomorrow for the first step…organizing your negatives!

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9 Responses to 5 Reasons to Organize Your Photos

  1. Barb in AK November 5, 2018 at 1:40 am #

    Great article, Nancy! I have years and years of photos that I have tried to organized, but it’s such an overwhelming job, I stopped long ago. You gave me a nudge that I need! Thank you.

    • Nancy Nally November 5, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

      Thank you Barb! I hope my articles in the next few days are helpful in your project!

  2. Ali November 5, 2018 at 8:19 am #

    Great idea Nancy. Will be reading every instalment, idea and comment! Thanks so much! ~ Ali (nother photo nut, in Nova Scotia)

    • Nancy Nally November 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

      Thanks Ali! Hope that you find some inspiration!

  3. mhestir November 5, 2018 at 8:31 am #

    Looking forward to your series! I did put a dent in my photo organization in about 2008, when I took Stacy Julian’s Photo Freedom class and built my “Library of Memories.” But I have let it slide and need to do some serious housekeeping in the area of photos. (Can you say, ” Oh, hey. I printed those pictures TWICE!”? Lol. And I was “blessed” with all the photos from my dad’s side of the family, my mom’s side AND my in-laws’ photos, as well! Photo organization is a marathon, not a sprint. Hoping your series will help re-ignite the fire under me. ( Maybe I’ll make notes and start Jan. 1 for my New Year’s Resolution.

    • Nancy Nally November 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

      You are so right that it’s a marathon! I’ve been working on this for months! Hope that my series this week helps you on the journey!

  4. mamabirdy3blog November 5, 2018 at 9:00 am #

    This comes at a perfect time- I’ve been working on my digital prints lately. Looking forward to the articles ahead!

    • Nancy Nally November 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

      Hope you find them helpful! Thanks for reading!

  5. Gabrielle McCann November 7, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

    I’ve read these blog posts backwards … I started at the photos and then the negatives and now come to the reason! Love this series!

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