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June 23, 2010

Take the First Step to Organizing Your Photos

Where are your photos right now? Stuck in a drawer or stashed away in a box? Still on your camera? The National Association of Professional Organizers, Southeast Michigan Chapter (NAPO-MI) wants to share their insight on organizing your photos.

“The number one issue I see is that most people seem to have too many photos,” says Ann Marie Moore, Director of Marketing for NAPO-MI. “People have a tendency to keep every picture they have taken, even if the photo is poor quality.”

Here are some ideas for organizing your photos:

1. Sort out the really good pictures from the bad ones.

2. Protect photos from temperature and humidity extremes by avoiding storage in attics and basements.

3. Use photo safe products that are acid-free, lignen-free and buffered to keep your photos looking good longer.

4. Store a backup copy of your pictures off-site. You can take advantage of online photo storage sites or back up to CD or DVD and store the copies with family or friends.

5. Convert your paper photos to digital to free up some storage room.

“Where will your photos be in 10 years or 20? Will you know who the people are at that time or the stories they had to share?” asks Becky McCulloch from Hazel Park, Michigan. “The longer we wait to organize our photos, the more memories we will forget.”

Organizing your photos is easier than you think! For more organizing tips, visit

Article submitted by Chapter member and Vice President, Trish Krebs.