Forget the shoeboxes and cheap cardboard “photo boxes”. The cardboard has a low pH, which means they are high in acid. This is bad for your photos as the acidity will migrate to your photos and cause deterioration.
Instead, start out right by organizing them in photo-safe boxes. The Creative Memories Power Sort Box is my product of choice. It is made of polypropylene, a safe plastic that will protect your photos from light and dust. It holds up to 1,200 4x6 or 5x7 photos and comes with six compartment boxes with dividers for easy sorting and labeling. This affordable box is just $29.50.
Below you'll find some free downloadable forms to help you get started organizing your photos.
The Getting Started form is a goal-setting plan and check-off list.
Use the Printed Photo Index cards by printing them as 4x6 photo prints or on cardstock and use them to divide your photos in your photo file box.
I have a love/hate relationship with my digital photos. I love that they are instant, don't cost me for film and developing, and don't fill my closets. But, it's almost too convenient because now it means I have thousands of photos to organize!
I've used various software programs for organizing and editing my digital photos. Adobe Lightroom is one I like for intense editing, but my favorite software is Forever Historian (formerly Memory Manager). The cost is only $79.95 and it is easy-to-use and back up. It has all the features you need to make great edits and organize in way to make finding any photo with just a couple of clicks.
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