One of the first steps any photo organizer will tell you to take when you want to organize your pictures is to gather your photos all together in one place. Even I have said that a time or two.
This step, however, may be still very overwhelming for you. To help get you started on this quest to find all of your printed pictures and your digital photos, I’ve brainstormed a couple of lists to help you get started.
For Printed Photos
Some printed photos are easy to find like the photo albums on the bookshelf while others are a little more wily. Here are some places to start your search. As you find them, put them all together in one place like the dining room table or the guest room closet.
- Photo Albums
- Photo Boxes
- Framed Pictures
- At relatives’ homes
- Plastic Bins
- On Refrigerator
- In Drawers
- In Closets
- Under Beds
- In the Nightstand
- Jewelry Boxes
- Tucked between Pages of Books and Bibles
- File Folder
- Memory Boxes and Hope Chests
- Safety Deposit Box or Safe
- Undeveloped Film
For Digital Photos
Digital pictures can be a little trickier since they literally hide inside our devices. As you discover these digital images, move them all into one central storage location like your computer’s hard drive or an dedicated external hard drive. Just be sure that you have that central storage location backed up. This is really important.
- Cell Phone (old, current, your phone, the rest of the family’s phones)
- Computer Hard Drive (old, current)
- CDs and DVDs
- Previously scanned pictures from scanning service
- SD cards from digital cameras
- USB drives
- Cloud Storage (i.e., iCloud, Shutterfly, Dropbox)
- Social Media sites (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
- E-mail attachments
- External Hard Drive
Do you have anywhere else you’ve found pictures that I can add to the list?
If getting your photographs organized seems too overwhelming or too time consuming for you, consider hiring a Personal Photo Organizer. You can find one near you through the Association of Personal Photo Organizers.