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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Organizing photos

Q: I've got photos stuffed in drawers and tumbling out of cabinets, how can I get them organized?

A: I am all about simplicity on this one. Most of the people I work with always say the same thing, "I'm going to organize these photos into scrapbooks someday." Very few people actually have the time and energy to keep up photo "scrapbooks". Yes, you get started, yes, you buy all the stickies and scissors that cut paper into the shape of the Eiffel Tower, but no, you don't finish and then you're left with a bigger mess and more stuff to organize. So stop already!

My favorite way to keep photos is simply in acid free photo boxes. Just put the photos in and don't worry about the order for now. It's actually more fun to be able to grab a handful of photos and randomly view your family history. The photos are kept safe and clean. Later on you can take one box at a time and group the photos behind the dividers that are included in the box and separate the boxes by year or subject matter...or not!

Acid free boxes can be purchased at craft stores, Michael's,  Target and The Container Store.

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