Friday, February 25, 2011
I have been slowly working on a house-wide purge over the past few months. Room by room, I am getting rid of so much stuff! Lately I've been feeling so overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that can accumulate now that our family has grown. There are piles and piles that are going to goodwill, and the garbage bags and recycling are piling up. I love it!
One of the things I am getting anxiety over throughout this purge is photos and the storage of them. For the amount of pictures we take in this house, we need to come up with a better system. I am the worst at updating pics in frames or printing pics to put in albums. I have come across so many shoeboxes stuffed with pics (both old pics, new family pics and lots of polaroids). I have quite a few scrapbooks that I never found the time to finish. And then there are all of the pics just sitting on our computer that have never been printed. See, I'm getting all anxious just thinking about them all!
After much contemplation, I have finally come up with a plan. Here it is:
First, I have started flying through iphoto and sending piles of pics off to snapfish to be printed. Those will go straight into simple albums. No captions, nothing fancy, just pics in chronological order. That in itself gives me such a huge sense of relief. Even though we do back-up our computer (both to an online storage and an external hard drive), most of my anxiety was over the fact that if something ever happened to our computer, we could possibly lose our pics and I just hated not having any of them printed. I just finished our first album and I love having it available to flip through. And once I am caught up with the backlog of the last 5+ years, I will continue to print pics every few months and just put them in an album.
Next up will be finishing the scrapbooks. This will take time and I plan on working on them while the babies are napping. Once all of the scrapbooks are done, I am retiring my scrapbooking stuff. It was fun while it lasted, but who has time for scrapbooking anymore?!
I am also planning on sorting through all of the pics we have stuffed in shoeboxes and putting some in albums and chucking the rest. And then finally, I am going to work on updating the pics I have in frames throughout the house and I am also planning a "framed gallery wall" that will go all along the wall in our staircase. That will be a work in progress and I plan on posting more details about it soon.
Phew! My plan was a little longer than I expected, but that is what happens when you do absolutely nothing with the thousands of pictures you take!!!
So here is my question for you - What do you do with your pics? Are you good about printing and organizing them? Or are you ok with just having them stored on your computer? Do you have a photo organizing "system"? Any scrapbookers still left out there? Do tell.