GO! Challenge #31: Photos

Organizing Photos

The first step towards getting organized is always de-cluttering. All this month we have been tackling categories of belongings with the goal of shedding unwanted items. I hope you have felt empowered by the Get Organized! Challenge, and perhaps are energized to continue your purge into the future.

It wasn’t easy to think of a category from which you could find 31 pieces to release, but I believe photographs fit this qualification. Photos pile up for many reasons, and because they hold sentimental value, we resist letting go. Nonetheless, today’s challenge is to trash 31 photos.

=> If your pile-up is of printed photographs:

Gather them onto a sorting surface. Conduct a “quick sort” into 3 categories:

“A” …Album

Photos you love that you’d like to put in an album

“B” …Bin

Photos you aren’t ready to pitch, but which aren’t special enough for an album

“C”…Can, as in “trash Can”

Photos that are blurry, duplicates, poor quality, damaged, lack sentimental value, etc.

Our goal today is 31, but if you find more than 31 to pitch, good for you! Old photographs are not recyclable due to the chemicals that were used to develop them. Newer prints you’ve made from your computer may be recyclable. For more information on recycling photographs, click here.

The final step will be to move the photos you’ve decided to keep into albums, frames or boxes. When purchasing supplies, be sure to invest in those that are acid-free and intended for photographic storage. Another option is to scan your photos for digital storage.

=> If your photo collection is digital:

The sorting process is the same, only you simply “delete” any images you don’t want to view in the future. This Youtube video offers a simple approach for sorting.

If your digital collection is complex, there are a variety of software packages that can help organize digital photos. For more information on organizing photos, or to find a professional photo organizer, visit the Association of Professional Photo Organizers.

It is your final day, are you ready to get rid of some photos? Which day’s challenge was easiest for you? Which was hardest? What do you still need to tackle?

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