October is Family History Month and while there are a number of ways to preserve your family’s history by creating a Family Tree, a scrapbook, or by creating a family cookbook, it’s important to start any project by taking a few moments to get organized.
One of the questions I am often asked is how to organize photos. If you decided to take the month of October to start preserving your family photos here are few tips to help you get started.
1. Choose a starting point. You can’t organize a lifetime’s worth of photos in a few hours so start your process by choosing what you will focus on. If you are working on family history then you may want to choose one person, one family, or one decade. This way, when you are going through photos and grouping them into categories you can quickly pick out the photos that meet your criteria.
2. Decide how you want to organize the photos. This is a big sticking point for many people. Generally, there are three ways to organize your photos: by year, by person, or by event (such as a vacation, a birthday, or a holiday). When looking at older photos it can sometimes be difficult to determine the year of the photos. Always check the back of the photo to see if there is a date stamp. You might be best off organizing older photos by family or person.
3. What are you going to do with the photos once you have grouped them together? Are you going to put the photos in a scrapbook or keep it simple and put them in a photo storage box? You may decide that this year you simply want to group all the photos into the different categories and store them in separate boxes. Then next October you can focus on getting a set or more into scrapbooks.
My biggest piece of advice is to keep it simple. You don’t have to get it all done right now. Take one small project at a time and you will be less frustrated and be more likely to continue the project in the future.
Good luck preserving the memories!
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