photo organizing

Since I started my Practical Archivist blog back in 2005, I’ve spent a lot of time encouraging and helping people to ditch their photo clutter.  So far, I’ve focused on the shoeboxes and envelopes and drawers filled with photo clutter from the 60s-70s-80s and 90s. Now I’ve made it my goal to get you to […]

5 easy tips plus an important reminder that you can successfully tackle a large family photo project. I promise.

Every year around the “Gotta Get Organized!” time of year, I give away one free information product that helps folks just like you organize photo collections. This year, I asked my email list subscribers and readers to tell me about their greatest information need. We narrowed it down to two choices, and “How to Organize […]

Scrapbooking is a very popular hobby here in the United States. Surely you’ve seen stunning examples in your own family or group of friends. And who wouldn’t appreciate a personalized scrapbook made for them by someone they love? What a beautiful, thoughtful gift!   . But there’s a dark side to this — and it […]

The curse of the half-finished project. Photo by Ben Kelly, pope24, some rights reserved You made your New Year’s Resolutions. You started your photo organizing project with tons of enthusiasm. Oh, yes, you told yourself. This year is going to be different. But now it’s February, Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and…well… Here are […]

Contrary to popular belief, archivists do not keep everything. Whaaat? An archivist? Throwing things out? Yep. I spent more time learning the art of archival appraisal than any other skill while in grad school. And by appraisal, I mean deciding what to keep and what to toss — based on what items have enduring value. […]

Wait! I’m getting a vision… Yes, it’s getting clearer… You have a box of old, unsorted photos at home. Oh, I crack myself up. I read an entertaining article online called “I see dumb people” – Learn to cold-read like a so-called “psychic.” Apparently, one of the tricks is to be as vague as possible […]

OK, it’s not available via iTunes — which I suspect means it’s not technically a “podcast” — but the MP3 recording of my recent radio show with Photo Archivist David Benjamin is yours to download. Topics Covered. For my archivist readers, I’ll explain it in archival speak: We covered processing plans, appraisal, weeding, artifactual vs. […]

There’s an interesting article in the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel called: “What to Keep, What to Throw Away? Think Carefully About What’s Really Important Before You Make a Decision.” . Read it here: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-165052691.html . Here’s an excerpt from author Cindy Larson: Like many other baby boomers, I suspect, my house is overflowing with boxes of […]

Not long before I left with my kids for a Spring Break trip to Florida, bekee sent me an email about the cool new Unclutterer blog. More specifically, she pointed me to a recent entry about purging photo collections called “Photo Processing (with a Garbage Bag).” Overall, I thought the author made some great points, […]