corral the photos

I know that I cannot be alone in the proliferation of electronic photos. A few months ago, out of desperation (my iPhone would not allow me to take any more pictures!), Trevor and I sat down to assess our clogs and our backup needs. It was time to corral the photos! 

That’s the first step in photo organization: get the state-of-the-union.

Then comes the careful work of transferring files. Don’t rush this step. Whether you select hard drive or cloud-based storage, when you are moving photos over, establish folders by year rather than simply labeling folders from the device they came from “Vicki’s iPhone.”

Yes, this is a more disciplined transfer process, but it will remove redundant work later.

Be sure you have a backup to the backup; photo data loss is the most heart-wrenching of all!

You want to know something crazy? I burst into happy tears when Trevor finished architecting our system and completed the photo transfer. I was so relieved and I had no idea that my precious family photos being in too many places bothered me so much.

This is a project that would also be good for the rainy months, but when it comes to our special memories, it’s better to be proactive than reactive and get a system in place sooner-than-later!

View the other days in the 15 Energizing Summer Organizing Projects Series

Energize Your Entry
Freshen Up Your Fridge
Perfect Your Pantry
Upgrade Your Recycle
Brighten the Black Hole
Relocate the Bulk Bulge
Implement Hospitality Central
Behold the Shoe Bar
Create a Library
Set up a Donation System
Create a Gift Center
Eliminate Old Electronics
Deal with the Cord Orphanage
Say Goodbye to Old Media
Corral the Photos

This wraps up our 15 days of Energizing Summer Organizing Projects series! Have you been inspired to tackle some projects this summer and to Reclaim Your Household?

We hope you’ve enjoyed these sneak peeks into how Vicki organizes her own home. On a roll and looking for more unique organizing ideas? Check out our At Home With Vicki blog, where Vicki shared some of her personal ways she organizes around her own home.




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