Since I'm on a bit of an organizing streak, I figured I'd check another thing off my list. Following up after yesterday's post about de-cluttering the clothes in my attic, today I accomplished another organizing task. Sorting through a gazillion pictures from this year.
- I take a lot of pictures...my dad takes a lot more than me, and my brother-in-lawChristopher is a bit of a professional photographer. Needless to say, we have so many pictures in our life that it can be overwhelming at times.
- I'm NOT a scrap booker - not even a little bit, so getting our pictures organized and displayed is quite a challenge.
So here's what I do. Each year for the last 5 years I have printed 200 pictures for our albums. Hobby Lobby has simple black albums that I love, so I picked up 10 of them a few years ago when they were on sale and each year I fill one more with pictures from one year.
I save the 200 best digital pictures on my ipod touch and my computer, then I pull all the other pictures off of my computer and onto our external hard drive where they are stored for the rest of eternity but probably never looked at again.
But we can pull our albums off the shelf and remember, "Oh hey, remember when we were young and we took that vacation to the Smokey Mountains?"
I just finished picking the 200 pictures from 2010 that I want to print and put in our 2010 book. Let's just say, it was not an easy task sticking to 200, but I love that our albums only fit 2oo because it forces me to pick the best of the best pictures that will remind us of trips we took, people we love, and milestones in our life.
How do you keep your pictures in order? Any non-scrapbooky tips?