Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Organizing your photos (Another approach)

  I am dealing with unorganized photos right now (I just printed over 2000 photos) so finding these ideas is really inspiring me.  Hopefully I will delve into this task later in the week or even over the weekend.  I am working on pairing down my scrapbook room to combine it with my family's ever growing library and my personal office (which is already in here but in a sort of a mess).  I hope to get nice shelves and furnishings in here over the summer and in order to do that, I need to have it much less cluttered.  In cleaning out the file cabinet (so that I can clean off my desk), I found old letter stickers as well as many other stickers circa 2002.  I know that I will never use these and neither will any of my friends.  These went straight into the boys art drawer and they were pulling them out as fast as I could get them in there.  I imagine they will be gone pretty quickly.  :)

  Now to share the second article I found on organizing photos.  It was pulled from on May 9, 2006.  It is aimed at consumers, not consultants wanting to host a workshop. 

"Start with the last roll of film you pick up after it was developed and put it into a storage box, then put the next one in back of it and then next and then next.  If you do not have time to go back and organize all of your old photos yet, at least let this be your starting point.

Work on first getting all of your photos and memorabilia into one place.  This task may take a month or more depending on how thorough you are and how many places your photographs are stored.  Look in the garage, attic, drawers, files, closets, old and new albums, frames around your house, old Christmas cards and letters from family members.  If you know that there are family members that have photos tat you would like copies of, now is the time to ask for copies.  While you are at it, think about all the photos that you have framed in your home.  These photos will be the first to fade and deteriorate.  Do you need to get copies made to put in a safe place, if so this is a great time to have the copies made.

If you have magnetic albums that are less than 5 years old, tackle these first.  The majority of damage done to a photo is in its first 5 years.  If you have 20 or more years of photos in magnetic albums, tackle the newest ones first and work your way back.  Are your photos stuck in the magnetic albums?  try dental floss to pry them off safely.  If that doesn't work you can try releasing the glue with a blow dryer on LOW HEAT for just a few minutes.  Also, you can try the product UN-DO that removes adhesive, if all else fails, it should work.  The last option, if they just will not come out is to have copies made of the photos right where they are.  Kodak makes kiosks that will make a photos from a photo without having a negative.

Purchase archival quality photo boxes (not photo safe) for all your photos.  Decide on a negative storage system and purchase it before you begin.  At this time you might want to have index prints made of your photos.  An index print shows a thumbnail of each shot on a roll.  It comes with the new APS processed film.  However, you can take your old 35mm negatives and have an index print made for a reasonable fee.

Please not that negatives stored inside of a fire-proof box will NOT withstand the heat of a fire.  Do not rely on a fire proof box stored in your home.  In a fire-proof box, photos and negatives may survive the fire but they will be melted.  If you live in an area that has earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes or other natural disasters, please consider extra safety precautions:
   1.  For a small monthly fee you can store photos on-line.
   2.  Transfer the photos on to CD Roms and store them in a safe deposit box.
   3.  Make an electronic scrapbook and place it on CD Rom.
   4.  Store negatives in a safe deposit box.

Investigate albums and purchase the album/albums that you will need to start your project.  Decide on the type of album that you will be completing.  Are you doing one larger family photo album with everyone's photos in it or will you be completing an album for every child?  Will you be doing vacation and Christmas albums or will these events go in your family albums.  Make these decisions now, before you sort.

Plan to set aside time for sorting, depending on your situation and just sort through all of the old photos and memorabilia.  You will sort first by decade and then year by year.  If you are sorting for special holiday or vacation albums keep that in mind as you sort.  You may want to enlist your family to help you if you have many years of photos to sort.  Your children may remember the year the Tracey got a Chatty Cathy Doll and Jimmy got the Hot Wheels Race Set better than you do.  Your family may also be able to add details for you to journal into your albums."