My weekly updates are linked at the bottom of the page.
Even though I am a professional organizer who helps others get organized I still have areas in my own life where I am organizationally challenged.
One of these areas is with my photos. Especially my digital photos. They. Overwhelm. Me.
It’s not that I can’t do it. It’s that I am always going to do it later. As you probably know, later never comes. Now the task seems overwhelming.
I also blog which means I take a lot of blogging photos. I just download them with the rest of my photos. Then, I have to look for these pictures trying to remember when I would’ve taken them. Because they are in chronological folders with no labels or key words I have to scroll through a lot of folders and sometimes I find the one I want. While I am scrolling around looking I seem to get distracted by a great photo I intended to post. Can you say…waste of time. Ugh.
I hate wasting time!
The definition of DISorganization:
Not knowing what you have and NOT being able to find it when you need it. Thus, wasting a lot of time.
So when I ran across this post which included Lisa Kurtz’ 2014 goals my chin dropped to the floor. How was she going to do ALL of those?
From Lisa’s post...
My time frame is 2014! And here is my vision:
- Condense 12,000 printed photos. Digitize and archive remaining collection
- Create a simple and sustainable organizational structure for 25,000+ digital photos, with back up systems.
- Convert outdated media to viewable formats.
- Create home movie video albums for each of my kids.
- Create a printed family ‘yearbook’ for each
- Create an online photo sharing archive for my family
I had to find out how she was going to do this…AND get some motivation, direction, and tips for organizing my own photos. She agreed to an interview with us and the rest is history!
Below are the exact steps I am going to use to organize my digital photos.
Join me and organize yours photos, too! I am going to list the steps here and then each week I will post an update on how I am doing and link it back here. I’ll include my personal challenges and victories, what helped and what didn’t work, and anything that I think may be helpful for you. Please include tips of your own, questions, and challenges or victories in the comments.
1. Determine the quantity of pictures to organize.
- Choose a digital hub.
- Gather all photos into your digital hub. (Phones, external hard drives from old computers, old digital photo CD backups, flash drives, tablets, etc)
- Get final count of photos to organize.
2. Decide on the overall vision or goal(s)?
- What is motivating me to get my photos organized?
- What will my goals be? (Yikes! I have commitment-phobia and I am not sure what I want to do so this will be a hard step! Although I am starting by just doing this, right!? Yay, me!)
3. SHRINK my collection.
- Delete all duplicates. (Use software like Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder or Photo Sweep)
- Delete all blurry photos.
- Delete all other photos that I don’t want. (Use one of my favorite organizing techniques – Choose Your Favorites)
4. Create a Digital File System
- Personal or Business
5. Add Tags to individual pictures.
- I learned how in week 4 and explain it here.
- Make a 50th Anniversary Trip book for in-laws.
- Make a 2014 vacation book for our family.
- Order a family photo for desk.
- Make year end photo book(s) (tentative goal)
Will you join me and get your digital photos organized?
My weekly updates:
Organizing My Digital Photos: Week 1 Update (establishing a hub, downloading photos into your hub)
Organizing My Digital Photos: Week 2 Update (using a duplicate photo finder, creating a file structure, distributing photos into the correct folders by date)
Organizing My Digital Photos: Week 3 Update (oops! 4 warnings and 1 encouragement)
Organizing My Digital Photos: Week 4 Update (how to add tags to your photos)
Organizing My Digital Photos: Week 5 Update (specific steps for organizing each year, renaming tips, tagging tips)
Organizing My Digital Photos: Week 6 Update (what I like to drink while I organize my photos, review how I organize each year, I have a question)
Organizing My Digital Photos: Week 7 Update (how I find time to organize photos)
Organizing My Digital Photos: Week 8 Update (a comment from a reader that made my day, my swap shop room fund and how to make a digital photo book in 7 easy steps)