Organizing Your Photos

Hey everyone! I’m so sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been busy at home, you can’t imagine. I’ve been cleaning and organizing my Mom’s room for the past couple of days so that when she gets back, she’ll have a clean and comfortable home to return to.

I’ve discovered a TON of photos that were just in boxes and one big pile was just in a plastic bag. The horror! So yes, upon discovering this, I took a trip to the past and browsed through them. I even found a bunch of baby photos of me! All along I thought all my photos have been damaged by the floods before so I never bothered looking for them. Now I can make my own album to show Jacob when he’s older. I even saw a few photos where we look so much like each other!

Anyway, I took the liberty of organizing them by grouping them into several categories such as: Family, Relatives, Mom w/ Friends, Kids (us) with Friends, Special Occasions, and (the funniest one) Random Scenic Photos.

I want to share this simple organizing idea to help you sort out and tidy up your photo collection if you’ve run out of albums like us. It’s also a great activity for the family where you can all make use of spare arts and craft materials and reminisce at the same time. Ok, so here we go!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Scissors
Paper Puncher
Yarn or any kind of thread
Old/Spare Gift Labeler/Card
Markers
and of course,
Photos

PROCEDURE:

1. Group your photos into your preferred categories. You can start with your own family pictures, then children, then grandchildren, up to your family pets. You can make as much categories as you want and as much as your photos need them. However, in my case, I decided to let go of some photos that don’t really make ‘sense’ anymore as well as duplicates.

2. After you’ve separated photos into groups, it would be wise to arrange them from smallest to biggest (smallest photos in front).

3. With your old/spare gift labeling cards,
write down your categories on each one. I would have used the back part of the cards but it had a stamp on it so I used the front instead. With your paper puncher, create a single hole on the left side of your card. Do this to your other labels.

3. Cut about 2 feet of yarn or thread, whatever it is you’re using. This might be enough to double the thread together so that when you tie-up the photos it will be thick. Adjust accordingly though especially if you have a big pile of photos for a certain category. No need to separate them.

4. Take your neatly piled photos, make the smaller photos go in the middle so that they don’t slip out.
Center the yarn across the pile, crosswise or length wise, it doesn’t matter. It’s important though that this is done on the front of the photos so that on the final step, the ribbon of the photo pile will be in front. Then cross the ends of the yarn underneath (back of the photos). Create a “+” on the back, then go back in front with the ends.

5. If you’ve tied a ribbon on a gift box before, this is easy. Just do as you will when placing a ribbon a gift box. Make a first knot in the middle. Then before you make the final ribbon, insert your label for this batch front facing up. You can now make a second knot then a nice ribbon to finish it off.

This is the finished product:

Nice and neat!
Now we know where to find which photo, etc etc. I still have a bunch of photos to organize but since their sitting quietly in their boxes, I think I’ll leave them alone for a while.

How about you Mommies, any organizing tips you can share for photos on the loose? 🙂 Share below on my comments area!

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Comments 12

  1. Momfever

    This post makes me feel ashamed, because I too have tons of pictures, lying around gathering dust. I just can’t bring myself to organize them.

    However, I really like your idea!

  2. Sarah

    That’s a neat idea. 🙂 They look like gifts. That could make cute gifts too. Like say you have pictures of your children and want to give them to family. You could make a bunch of piles like that with the same pictures and wrap it up, and give them out. 🙂

  3. Roxi Santiago

    Momfever, it happens to the best of us! I’m sure we all don’t mean to be messy. It just really takes a lot of time! I just so happen to have the energy to do it. 😀 I can be on a show!

    Sarah, that’s true! Send some photos off to grandma and grandpa for keeps!

    Cheryl, if we were neighbors I’d definitely help you out. 🙂

    Mrs. Diner, good for you! That’s really hard to do compared to doing it online by uploading photos.

    Tammy, nice to see you here! Will visit you now! 🙂

  4. Clare

    Nice! I do suggest to also place them in boxes (maybe redesigned shoe boxes) as a backup organize storage. This is what I did when I ran out of albums when I was organizing our family pictures. Usually kasi people who look at the pictures are not OC people, and would just pass the pictures around. Placing them in small dedicated boxes would make people pass the boxes around, and you won’t have to worry about pictures getting misplaced. 🙂 (Haha ang OC!)

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