Is there a drawer, a box, a room that has pictures strewn everywhere yet they are nowhere? I would assume most of us have piles upon piles of pictures that we have yet to do anything with. School pictures, sports pictures, Christmas pictures, and those pictures of last years vacation and the year before! At some point we end up with so many pictures that we get overwhelmed and have no idea on what to do with them so we do nothing. This article will give you some suggestions on how to tame your picture clutter and get some of those pictures out so others can enjoy them.
First lets start simple. For each child I would get a photo box and then start by sorting each child’s photos in their box. Take note to leave out the most current photo of each child. This will be a good place to start. You can display the most current pictures of your children in your room right now. You could also get a photo box for vacations and other special events. Doing this will get the pictures somewhat separated.
If you scrapbook, used to or still want to just don’t know where to begin, well, now is not the time. Let’s get some organization started before beginning on a new project. Once your photos are organized it will make scrapbooking easier and fun.
One idea on what to do with the big photos like the 8×10’s, is to put those in a photo album. You could purchase a photo album for each child and fill it up with their 8×10 photos. Now all of this will need to be done one baby step at time. You won’t be able to accomplish all of this in one day. Sorting the pictures by child is a good way to start and I would make this the only goal for a day. Once the pictures have been sorted then you can go thru each’s child’s photo box and separate by sports, age, or however you wish. You could purchase a filing system that holds photos where you can tag what group of photos is what. Again, depending on the amount of pictures, doing one child’s photo box in a day is probably all you want to plan for. Having the photos organized by age or however system you choose will make scrapbooking easy.
Once your vacation pictures are sorted by year you can then purchase small photo albums to display these. You can write on the front when and where the vacation was. Having each vacation in separate albums make it easy to grab and show off your vacation pictures.
One thing I will add is while you are doing all of this sorting if you come across a particular stunning picture that just grabs your eye then keep it out. Some of the best pictures to display are random shots. You can enlarge and frame them. You could also copy them and make them black and white with black frames. Just use your imagination.
When it comes to scrapbooking I would have some sort of organization here too. If you want to make a sports scrapbook of your child and his sports then keep all of the photos, stickers, papers and album in one place. When you decide to work on it everything will be right there. Do this with all of your projects. One bit of advice though, don’t start a new project until the one your currently working on is complete. You may also want to check out one of my earlier articles about organizing your scrapbooking supplies for great ideas.
If you have some pictures you don’t want in albums or you don’t plan on using in a scrapbook you can store a lot of photos in photo boxes. You can neatly arrange them in the top of a closet or wherever you wish. Also, don’t be afraid to toss pictures that are blurry or messed up in some way. You will never use those and they take up valuable space.
Just remember to take baby steps when you decide to tackle the photos. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your photo piles be done in a day, but when Rome was finished just look how pretty it turned out and how many people get to enjoy it?