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.

Background: I asked my email list subscribers and readers to tell me about their greatest information need with regard to family photos. There were lots of choices, but two rose to the top. Of the two, “How to Organize Photos Like An Archivist” was the winner. ———————————————————————- Level of Description: What Does That Mean? Most […]

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 […]

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, […]

SaveMyMemories.org has a handy-dandy crash course on preserving digital photos. The “quickstart” overview promises: “Protect your photos with these 4 easy steps!” My quick review: Marvelous tips, worth a read. Here’s a sample from the hardware overview: If you get a new computer, check all of your previous storage media to make sure the new […]