**UPDATED!** Where to start? Do most of you have all your photos organized?
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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:25:45 PM
Currently, all my photos are in a storage box. They are just tossed in, no particular order. I know that all of them won't get scrapped, nor should they. But where do you start? I am simply overwhelmed at the thought of sorting them. I cannot imagine how long it will take, or even how to go about it. Truth is, I started out doing my most recent photos, and while I have managed to do several layouts for my childhood album, I have not made any real dent in that box whatsoever.

I am now begging for any tips, advice, (offers to come over and do it for me!).

And is it really necessary to even do it?


**UPDATE**
Well, I am more than halfway finished with making my stacks. And you know what, I have discovered that a lot of the topics have already been covered with my previous scrapbooks. I have a stack of my nephew that I will be making a couple of pages about, and of course my "all about me" scrapbook will be worked on periodically, but as for the rest of it, well, I'm done. Finished. I don't really enjoy trying to scrap things that are eight Christmases back, or five Easters ago anyway. So I am making the executive decision (oh, the JOYS of being an adult!) to just not scrap them. HA! I said it. I am gonna file those puppies in a photo storage box and stick em where the sun don't shine (my closet). How very freeing.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:42:23 PM
Before digital organization I had the same problem. I started by separating out by dates (if they were printed on the back, if not then I went by event/occasion and then sorted each of those by year.

Now I have an external hard drive set up with my pics by year and then each year with sub folders by months or occasions. This system works best for me.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:44:03 PM
Just grab a fun stack and go!
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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:52:18 PM
Yes, all of my photos are organized. I'm kinda anal that way.

I'd start by organizing by year. You can always work on organizing by months later on.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:56:53 PM
Um.. sorry, I should have been more specific. Almost NONE are dated.

I am debating sorting them according to who is in them. Then maybe as I flip through them I can see what memories they bring up and try to determine how they will be used or IF they will be used in scrapping. Is this an unreasonable method for sorting, I wonder, when sorting by date is not really possible?


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Posted: 1/7/2013 9:08:49 PM
My digitally stored photos that I have printed are somewhat organized in photo boxes (each group of photos is seperated by an index card with event/date(sometimes just a year)... my older ones, not so much... maybe I should do that
My mom used to write on the back of photos (which drives me crazy now) so hopefully I'll be able to figure it out. I just work on a stack at a time. I find that I get lost in looking through them and end up doing more than I planned.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 10:28:24 PM
Maybe look through them and put them in two piles--scrappable and not scrappable. Theh the pile won't be so daunting cause they're smaller (and the unscrappable pile can wait til you're in the mood--no rush to sort them).

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Posted: 1/7/2013 10:31:41 PM
Well, my DH's mostly unorganized, undated photos are soong going to get sorted by categories, such as his grown kids when they were children, when they were teens, travel photos, and every day photos of things he did without the kids. (He was a non-custodial, cross-country dad.)

My pre-marriage photos and all our photos from the last 13 years I've kept fairly organized. Mine in photo albums, and the newer ones organized chronologically in a photo box.



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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:18:23 AM
I use a 12x12 album with divided page protectors (6 4x6 photos each side); as the photos come in they are immediately put into those for storage. For the occasional enlargement I use those dividers with files built in and place those between the divided page protectors. It works for all enlargements 8x11 and smaller.

As to organizing old photos, I suggest you find a place in your home where you can leave your organizing project out; that way you can do it over the course of a few weeks/months. That is what a friend of mine is doing now. She is organizing according to person, since she plans to give a lot of the photos away to her kids, siblings, etc. The ones she wants to keep I think she plans to keep in photo boxes (she is not a scrapper).

Good luck. Organizing photos is a daunting task but with enough patience and time you can do it!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:26:46 AM
Mine are sorted by year and then with the year in envelopes by event. I store them in Semikolon boxes

It will take you a while to do, but I suggest that you organize first. It will be well worth it in the end.

Also, photos stored on my computer are stored the same way. Folder for the year, then folders by event inside.




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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:31:48 AM
The shame of it is that I actually invested in that Iris photo box carrier thingie with all the small cases inside. I have had that thing for months now, but with all of my packing, moving, the holidays, etc, I just haven't even begun. I guess I will pull out that big ole box and start making stacks today!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:45:51 AM
I think we currently have the same organizational system. I have a box of pictures on deck to scrap but all the rest are in a big drawer. Some are in albums, some are in envelopes and some are just in there. It's on my to do list this spring. I am lucky that most of them are dated (at least with the year) so it won't be terribly difficult to sort just time consuming.

Most of the articles or suggestions I read about organizing photos all basically go like this:

Sort first by year. If you don't know the exact year, try figure it out based on clues from the pictures... birthday pictures, family events (weddings, births), vacations, school or sport events, your home, etc.

Then try to put each year in chronological order - using the season, weather, wardrobe, events even hair length as guides.



If the pictures are all yours and no one else will need/use/want them, I don't think it's necessary to sort them. Just pull out what you want to keep or scrap and leave the rest of them there.

I want to get mine in order so I can scan them, scrap the memories I want to record, then put them back together for my mother so she can pass them to her grandchildren or what ever. I also want to help my uncle with preserving our family memories. He's spent the past couple of years digging up information about our family and I would like for my generation to keep it going for the next one. There were so few pictures of my parents and grandparents when they were young that each one feels like a gift. While there is an abundance of photos now, I would like them to be meaningful to future generations and a big pile of something that needs to be dealt with.

HTH!

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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:20:19 AM
What I found helpful was to take a legal pad and write down a sequence of years then list events that I could recall that happened in those years. It really gave me a starting point. i.e. 1984 DD #3 born, got beagle puppy, what grade other DDs were in that year, where we vacationed. That way I could look at a group of pictures and get them close to the correct year by glancing at my list.

Clear as mud? It helped me land them in the right decade and then I could sort from there.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:21:40 AM
I also get rid of an bad pics (blurry, heads cut off) as I'm sorting, that much less to deal with.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:28:41 AM
Wish when I started I would of done it different .I started after the kids were grown and I just started doing it chronological but now looking back I wish I had done it thinking of doing a album for each of the kids or at least 1 for each grand child now I am starting that as I go .I have bought all the albums and am going back and pulling pages for each of their albums .I am also duplicating picture for each of the albums of their ancestors to put in the beginning .I don't know if that would help anyone else or not .I don't know if I can finish before I die or not but it is fun .


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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:53:08 AM
I spent a year long period of time in which I traveled throughout the state of Ohio. I was in a hotel room for a week at a time.

Since I drove to the different counties and stayed at a local hotel, I took all of my photos with me.

I spent my evenings in my hotel room sorting and organizing my pictures.

I would just grab the stacks of pictures and organize them by different categories or age of my son. I spread them out on the other bed in the hotel room. I put the sign on my hotel room that no maid service was needed.

That's how I spent my evenings.

I bought Rubbermaid photo storage boxes and put the pictures in them after I was able to sort them. I labeled. I have 12 boxes of pictures.

Then last year, I discovered my son went through all the pictures and did not put them back in the correct boxes--he just shoved them back in any which way!!

Arrrgghhh

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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:08:53 AM
Like someone else suggested, I started out with a notepad and wrote down what ages I was and my sbilings were during different years. I first sorted everything by decade, then tackled each decade and just tried to do the best I could with some sort of yearly order. I realize it's a guessing game with some of them to try and determine what exact time frame they were, but at least I know I am fiarly close.

This was all before I did digi organizing and now that I have digi, I have everything by decade up until I got my digi camera where I have it in a folder by year, then by quarter. Since everything is tagged, I can seach by keywords and it doesn't really matter if the stuff by dacade is in any other sort of order.

Good luck! It's totally worth it. I have had SEVERAL times where I was looking for a particular photo and I knew just where to find it!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:44:47 AM
All of my most recent digital photos are neatly sorted and filed according to date and occasions. They aren't all PRINTED yet but at least I know where to go to get them now. I advise starting with anything recent and working backwards.

I also have boxes of miscellaneous photos of relatives and myself that I will never be able to figure out the date on. I have decided that since they aren't priority that I will just keep them where they are until I run out of my current photos or just feel like scrapping something random.

I will never put them all in a scrapbook anyway and I'm trying to train myself to just print the really good photos now and stop trying to scrap every. single. photo. It's really easy to get burned out on scrapping when you take too many photos.



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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:48:42 PM
I only started tagging my photos for organization purposes in 2013. Honestly, I don't think I will ever go back and tag my prior photos.

My physical pictures, I have them vaguely organized by date (thanks to my mom having kept them in fairly good order) but if you don't have that luxury, why not do a Library of Memories style filing system? Get photo boxes or drawers and organize them by topic. "Holidays" "Places We go" "Together" "Personality" (those are some of my tags) whatever works for you.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 1:09:10 PM
DebbiePierce This is exactly what I do and how I feel about my photos!!

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Posted: 1/8/2013 1:53:50 PM
Just remember that you didn't take all those pictures in one day and they won't get organized that quickly either. You've got alot of great suggestions by peas here. Now just get started and little by little it'll get done!

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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:30:30 PM
I once had the same problem you have, all my photos in a box. It took a little while, maybe a week. I took one of those plastic tubs and got a bunch of hanging folders, and took post its and put the year and then did the months quartly. THen I started sorting the pic's into the folders. Once they were sorted I would take them out of the folders and put the ones the went together and labeled them. One last step, I put them in as close to chronological order as I could. THis way I can go to an album and pull photos, I dont care about gaps, I can fix them later. This is working for me right now! SOrry I used the 6up WRMK page protectors, will hold 12 pics per protector. I have 3 books.
Good Luck with figuring it out.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:29:08 PM

My physical pictures, I have them vaguely organized by date (thanks to my mom having kept them in fairly good order) but if you don't have that luxury, why not do a Library of Memories style filing system? Get photo boxes or drawers and organize them by topic. "Holidays" "Places We go" "Together" "Personality" (those are some of my tags) whatever works for you.


I like it. I really, really like it! I actually own her book, but need to re-read it better. I am not really a chronological scrapper, so this totally works for me. I will just make my own categories I think and go from there.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:38:47 PM
Stacy Julian is running another finding photo freedom class at big picture classes. I can recommend it for getting your photos into some sort of order. Very logical, and you can adapt it to suit your own needs.

Loved this class.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 4:01:54 PM
I had over a dozen years of photos (mostly printed, but not all) mish-mash in a fairly good size box. I felt totally overwhelmed. I decided one day to pull out two of our folding tables and make a 'work center' in our living room. I used a bunch of shoe boxes and sorted them by person or event and then put them in baggies that I had marked with Sharpie. If I had two baggies worth of Christmas photos, I did 1 of 2 and 2 of 2 on the fronts. I did not keep every photo. Back in the film days there were many dupes hoping there were not closed eyes and a number of shots that were not all that great. I got down to less than 3,000 photos and then I got to work!

I set aside time once a week, even if it was just to lay them out but not actually complete the pages. I am, and have been for a very long time, 100% caught up on my photos. I am scrapping my Christmas photos from 2012 this coming weekend. The photos from the holidays parties are already done. When I say I am caught up, I mean CAUGHT UP!

But if I had not sorted, prioritized and gotten to it, I would NEVER have dug out from that box and worse...it would have just grown into a big monster project.

Go for it--you CAN do it!



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Posted: 1/8/2013 4:40:03 PM
Well,
I decided to buy me photo freedom for christmas. Just to. See if there was a more organized way than what I had.
All I've done since christmas is try to organize my photos. I realized that everything was kind of half way done and that is why I'm all over the place. I'm dedicating about 1 hour a day in scanning and naming my photo folders in a standard way.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 4:53:57 PM
I got a couple of Cropper Hopper containers. I then just sorted the photos into those divided areas based on who would most like that picture. If I had photos that had all 3 daughters in it, I would try to include a photo of that event for each child - and give each one the photo were they looked the best.

I didnt' really try to organize by date at that point, but after - I took the 3 sections of photos for dd#1 and organized them into "preschool", "grade school" and "high school" ages. Keep things in general categories and it isn't very difficult.

Now, when I want to scrap, I grab a stack of photos and select the photo(s) that make me want to tell their story and go for it! If it's a really good layout, I even copy the photos and create matching layouts so each dd can have a copy of that story for her own photo album. That way the girls' albums include mostly layouts of themselves, but of their sisters as well.

I don't pressure myself at all, I just scrap the picture that I feel like scrapping at the time. I'll never scrap all my photos - just slowly working on the ones that inspire me today. Tomorrow it may be new ones or entirely different old ones.

N need to every do it all or to or to organize every photo! Keep it fun and you'll find that most often general is good enough. When you see a picture now of your grandmother - do you REALLY care if it was taken when she was 10 or 12? Nope - you just enjoy seeing the photo of her, Period!

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Posted: 1/8/2013 5:09:48 PM
A few years ago I took everything and sat on the LR floor for two days with photo boxes for spans of years for general photos. I also had boxes for specific genealogy, subject and things that needed their own.

My childhood & extended family
DH's ditto
My BFF and I (since 9) the box also includes cards, mementos
DH and I - again off-kids, cards, memorabilia
Each child has a box

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Posted: 1/8/2013 5:22:26 PM
3 kidmama you can have my cuz I just emptied it. I decided to go with the 2 dollar boxes fro M because I can't store my 5 x 7 in there. although most of my photos are going to go to the 3 up albums for now they are going to go in this boxes until I make sure all my old pictures are scanned. When I'm done scanning I will buy the 3 up albums and give a permanent place to my chrono pictures. Then I might use the cropper hopper box for my temporary place to the ready to scrap pictures... but I'm really now so sure. I think I will just keep to of the Ms boxes with the photos that are going to be ready to be scrapped. OMG I've been converted to the library of Memories



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Posted: 1/8/2013 5:45:55 PM

I am debating sorting them according to who is in them. Then maybe as I flip through them I can see what memories they bring up and try to determine how they will be used or IF they will be used in scrapping. Is this an unreasonable method for sorting, I wonder, when sorting by date is not really possible?


This seems reasonable to me. My only concern would be what to do with photos that have multiple people in them.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 7:53:52 PM

This seems reasonable to me. My only concern would be what to do with photos that have multiple people in them.


I was thinking into groups as those people relate to me. Like I would have a box for school friends, one for immediate family, one for my children, maybe a holiday box, a birthdays box, etc. These will be going into albums that will be kept in my home, so I think I will be okay mixing all the people together. I think. Gracious, what an undertaking!


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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:53:02 AM
BTT for update. And thanks to everyone for the help!


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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:55:20 AM
Great update!!!

(I make "executive decisions" all the time. My mother laughs at me and DH rolls his eyes...LOL)

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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:57:07 AM
Way to go. I love it when I can make a decision that frees me from stress

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Posted: 1/10/2013 12:25:03 PM
Well I had the same problem! So I learned from a friend to work in chronological order! Her albums look so awesome! It tells her life! So I started since a came to USA! I am really behind (2005) but I dont have to deal with decide which picture I want to scrapbook... I just need to look for papers!

I use picasa from google to organize my photos... When I print photos, i put them in a photo box from Creative Memories!
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