Do you have photos coming into your house? Where do you put them? Do you have a plan? Do they get put in a pile?
As I (Tracy) help clients get organized we’ll find photos, random photos, in lots of places…piles of papers, old mail, drawers, cabinets, nightstands, offices, inside greeting cards, etc.
Today’s tip will help you establish a plan for photos that come into your home. I’m not talking about your back stash of photos that date back 20 years but the ones that come into your home today and in the future.
Now, when you receive a picture of your niece and nephew drop it in the family box. If your daughter comes home with a photo from the birthday party she attended you can toss it in her box. Extra photos from school pictures can go in each child’s box. Duplicate photos from vacation can be divided into the boxes. One family Christmas photo/card can be distributed into each person’s box. The Easter Bunny photo can be tossed into the appropriate box.
Of course, when you have time to do something with them at a later date you can but for now all pictures coming in will have a home. You have a system in place.
Advantages to having this system in place:
- You know WHAT to do with photos that come into the home.
- You can FIND a photo if you need one.
- Your photos are kept archival safe. Check the boxes – many say acid free/archival quality like these or these.
- No more piles.
- Your family members know where to put photos.
- Your family members can find photos when they need them.
- When you print out a few photos for a school project or display board (a 40th birthday or graduation??) take a picture of the project and then disassemble it. Now you have a place to store those photos.
The best part…
YOU CAN ENJOY LOOKING THROUGH PHOTOS WITH YOUR LOVED ONES!
Here are my girls enjoying their boxes that I got out for this post.
The photo below is what they were laughing about! My youngest couldn’t keep her eyes open because the sun was so bright that day! I love fun pictures like this. Ohhh, she is sooo cute!
You can use the divider cards that come with the boxes to keep photos organized. This works good if you print a lot of photos or if you have one or two events that produced a lot of photos.
But, you can also keep it really simple and just toss the random photos in the boxes, too.
Here are mine…just tossed.
Here are my boxes. They sit downstairs on the top of some shelving. We use these all the time. The kids get photos for projects out of their boxes as needed and just bring them out once in a while to enjoy. Not fancy. Not matching. As you can see I need to attend to the labels!
It is fun hearing them laugh as they enjoy the photos like they did today. I guess I had thrown a baby announcement in the box so my 11 year old saw that she was born at 9:51 A.M. I couldn’t remember her time of birth the other day when we were talking about it.
What do you do with your photos when they come into your home?