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Organizing tips from a disorganized individual

Posted By Kristin S On July 4, 2010 @ 7:00 am In Photo Tips | 6 Comments

Here’s a tip for all of us organizationally-challenged individuals. Those of you with everything in it’s place – read no further!

Before I became “organized” (at least as far as my pictures are concerned!) I had pictures everywhere (hard copies and online). Here, there, everywhere, with little to no organization. A mere three and a half years ago (early 2007), I started to organize and catalog my pictures by making photo books [1].

I want to say I did this all on my own, but it’s not the truth. I contribute my one-time organizational genius to the nesting instinct during my pregnancy. Well, however it happened, for once, my attempts at organizing actually worked!! So I thought I would provide you with some tips so that you too can organize your pictures and bring a little bit of clutter-free living into your world!

Since I had to go back in time picking 2001 as my start date (the year my first child was born), I organized the pictures starting with the year and the event – for example “2001 Payton’s Birth”. For any miscellaneous pictures in that year I made a folder titled “2001 Misc”. I did this for each year until I had folder upon folder organized by year. That made it very easy to go back and do my year in review photo books [2]. It also helped when planning out my time line as I could easily peruse the folders by year and then by event. One of my shining accomplishments, I must say!  Now if I can only apply my picture organizational principles to my office….

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