1. I don’t know where to start
- Start with making a plan on how to get organised.
- Where can you gather all your photos together?
- Where are they all – make a list of places to check
- How do you want to organise them, by date, family, place?
2. I’m overwhelmed with the quantity of photos I have
- Break the time spent down into small chunks, you don’t have to get everything done immediately
- Allocate an area where you can store photos as you find them
- Schedule a time slot each week to work on organising
- Ask family members to help you
3. My photos stir emotions and memories and it stops me progressing with organising
- Allow yourself time to enjoy the good memories, and grieve over the not so good.
- Photos are very evocative, but don’t let that distract you too much, try concentrate on the job in hand.
- Ask a good friend to help, they will be able to assist without the emotional attachment
4. I don’t know the people in the photos
- It’s an opportunity to connect with your family and friends and ask them about the images!
- Contact cousins etc, you have the same grandparents so they may know faces you don’t recognise.
5. I don’t have enough time to do this
- Plan to do a little bit for organising each week.
- Set up a permanent organising corner somewhere so you can work on your organising without having to pack up each time.
- Ask family and friends to help.
6. Our family photos are scattered everywhere
- Start gathering photos as you find them
- Have a central point to gather them all together.
- Try to organise as you go, so there’s no massive sorting job at the end
- Ask family if they have photos they would like to contribute, they will be interested to hear about your project.
7. I don't know how to organise them
- Think about organising by subject, family or chronologically
- If you’re not sure, go with date order.
- If you’re scrapbooking, think about how your albums will be organised
Organisation will save you time in the long run... spend time now to save time later when you are making your albums
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