Some of the most treasured items can be the most difficult to organize. When it comes to photographs, whether prints, negatives, or digital files, it is essential to have a system in place for organizing the captured memories. You knew I was going to suggest a system, right?
Here are a few suggestions to get you started...
-Invest in a few inexpensive photo storage boxes and label them.
-Keep several sturdy envelopes on hand for negatives, and keep the negatives with the original photos.
-Create files for digital pictures so that as soon as you upload pictures from your camera you can drop them into the appropriate folders (holidays, dates, people, special events…).
I set up a system recently in my own home computer for all of the digital photos. Take the time to set up an intuitive system for YOU. A bit of prep time to gather or create these supplies will save you hours of time searching for that favorite photograph, and the integrity of your physical pictures will also be preserved. Then you can sit back, smile and revisit all those fun memories.
Storage spaces are valuable tools in our lives and can be true time and energy savers when used efficiently. Start by making a plan for creating and using your storage spaces to make life easier.
1) Make a list of the categories you need to store (holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, keepsakes, etc.).
2) Make an inventory of available storage spaces (under the bed, closets, garages, etc.).
3) Account for the sizes of storage spaces and any restrictions (for example - garages might get damp).
4) Assign each storage category to a space.
5) Use durable storage containers and group like items together. Help yourself locate items later by making sure to label these!
**Extra credit if you're nerdy like me: Keep a list of where each category is stored for future reference. This is only in case you think there MAY be a slight chance you won't remember in 6 months...just sayin'. 😉
Remember, you don't need to have enormous closets or attics in order to organize your home. Use what you've got!