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Day 11 – Assignment: Attack the next pile. Decide what you will keep and where you will store it. For us it was pictures. We had to move all the pictures out of the office and put them in their home, the closet.
I have a lot of photos taken before photos were saved onto computers and phones. I also have printed school pictures, etc. I have scanned a lot of them into my computer. I have made albums and videos with them. A lot of them are stored in labeled photo boxes.
If you have read Day 1, you may remember my computer crashed right before my daughter’s senior graduation. My daughter loves pictures as all teenage girls do. I knew that was going to be an important part of her party. I was scrambling to put pictures together up to the day of the party. My hard drive was recovered and the pictures on the computer were there but NOT in the folders I had originally assigned them. It was a mess to say the least. Fortunately, I had made my daughter a big photo book on Shutterfly for her sixteenth birthday. I added to that book her Junior and Senior year so I had one big photo book finished at the end of senior year. I. Love. Shutterfly. I am planning on doing that for my son as well. It saved me. Senior year is crazy enough. I highly recommend doing that if you are so inclined.
In addition to the photo album, my daughter and I had plans to hang pictures all over the house and show the video/slideshow I had edited. I had to re-scan and do projects over. Quite a few photos were laid out on my work table. I had lots of the photo boxes all over my office. This was catalyst for my office getting out of control and the reason I didn’t want to face my office for awhile, The whole thing was really frustrating. (The party ended up being a blast. My mom, my sister in law, Lisa and my mother in law were a huge help!)
Back to our organizing session. Tracy and I worked to get the photos back in boxes. Then we took all the boxes to the closet in my office. That felt so good. I am a picture queen. My dad loves photography as a hobby. We definitely share that passion. He surprised my with a very nice camera a couple of years ago. I love it.
If you have a good camera it’s pretty easy to take good pictures. My daughter’s friends ask me to take pics of them for dances and events. It has been so fun to take pictures for them and be around them all while doing it.
One day I would like to have all my pictures in albums. A different project all together. For now I can easily access them from my closet.
Picture mania. That is what Chelle’s office was. We had to move fast and stay focused. Pictures have a way of slowing you down and distracting you because you obviously have to look at them and then awwww…how cute…I remember that…Look…
Even I got distracted when I saw this photo! What fun memories. Our kids are so little! Both my sons are taller than me now.
Hey, keep your focus!!
Just because we moved all the pictures to the closet does not mean they are organized. Don’t let this keep you overwhelmed. Move things to their homes, even if their homes are not organized, and add it to your list of future organizing projects.
Chelle’s pictures are not really organized the way she wants. It’s a project we have to plan for another time. I already know how it will go. We’ll line boxes along a wall and sort all the random boxes of pictures as fast as we can into categories that make sense to Chelle. We will create well-labeled project boxes grouping things for the projects Chelle has planned. Then we’ll store them on one set of shelves and Chelle can schedule them on her calendar and start accomplishing the things she’s been thinking about doing.