With two kids, I find myself, like many moms, constantly taking photos with my phone, and video with my iPad. And I will occasionally pull out my retro (from all the way back to 2008) pink digital camera. I also have a photo collection somehow on my hot pink Kindle from the 2012 generation, and admittedly have an outdated iPod, iPhone and Blackberry, also with photos.
Now, where on earth did I place that flip phone? You know — the one I first learned to text on with my obtrusive acrylic nails that changed my dating strategy circa 2005. The texting on the phone — not the nails — forced the change, because no man would ever call again. Why should they, when texting allowed them to be much more elusive.
Fortunately, I was able to eventually acquire wedding photos — yes, with me as the bride. Guess where those are? Yes, on my two computers, but also on a disc.
I also have a box of somewhat salvaged photos that survived a fire and several baby albums (I was the firstborn) from my mom. Having been through a fire, I should know better than to store my data and photos the way I do.
Fortunately, there is help for those of us who need it!
To the rescue, personal photo organizer, Deb Cabral otherwise known as Declutter Coach Deb. She says the first thing you need to do is gather all of your photos — digital and printed — and organize them by decade and theme.
For example, the picture with my family in front of the tree, with my dad sporting long side burns and a cousin in bell bottoms would be “70s Christmas.” A photo of me wearing an off-the-shoulder fluorescent top with genie pants and teased Aqua Net hair would be “80s Grade School Dance.”
Next, you want to sort them by quality and condition.
Cabral says you should go back to your ABCs. “A being the best and ones you really want to save and preserve. These should be archived. B is for good photos that may not be archived but put in boxes. Finally C is for double prints or poor photos which can be discarded or deleted.”