I don’t know about you, but it could be a full time job to declutter and organize digital photos!! We can easily accumulate thousands of photos by taking pictures of our kids, family, food, trips… or whatever random thing happens in life.
Digital photos can be a major source of clutter!
That’s why every month, we spend a couple of days working on photo organization as our Spring Cleaning 365 daily task. The goal is for digital photo management to become a habit…that way we can finally banish digital photo clutter for good!
Today, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
But before we get started, I want to tell you a story…
Imagine that you have come over to my house for the very first time. We’re chatting it up and drinking tea. After a while, I bring out a photo book to show you a few special events that have occurred over the past year.
The first event is a birthday party for my youngest son. On the first page, you see three pictures. There’s my cute little son sitting in front of some green, red, yellow, and blue balloons. He’s eating cake in all three pictures.
Then we turn the page and there he’s in the same spot opening a gift. Balloons in the background, gift wrap on the floor and a smile on his face.
Well, we turn the page again and there he is opening another gift. Same balloons. Same smile. Similar wrapping paper.
On to the next page and there we go again. Same thing…just a different gift.
Now imagine I keep showing you these pictures. I mean, we took about 200 of them. Each one of them is a sweet memory to me.
But to you…well, they’re pretty much the same.
After a few pages you are probably bored out of your mind.
Now imagine I start showing you a second event. Maybe it’s our trip to the beach. I remember every hour on that vacation and love looking at the pictures. But you…well…you’ve seen the ocean and beach before. And it’s certainly not as beautiful in a photograph as in person. You probably zone out by the second image.
Guess what? This boredom doesn’t just happen with my photos. It happens with yours too!!
In this digital age, pictures are too easy to take. But most of us forget to delete.
Deleting duplicate photos is a very important part of photo organization!
That, my friends, is a very important part of today’s task.
Declutter and Organize Digital Photos
Let’s get motivated to declutter and organize our digital photos. Here’s how…
- Connect your phone/camera to your computer and dump ALL of your photos into your photo software program.
- Then delete every photo on your phone and camera.
- Then….delete any photo that isn’t AMAZING.
As a reminder, here’s the least painful way to start deleting photos (in my opinion):
- Delete duplicate photos.
- Compare photos from each event; delete those that don’t convey something special about the event.
- Step back and look at the photos from an outsiders perspective. Are there any photos that would be Boring with a capital B to look through?
- Keep deleting photos until you’re left with only 2 or 3 of the most captivating photos that tell the story of the event. Of course there may be a few events that you want to keep a few more (i.e. a wedding) but those are the exception rather than the rule.
I know photo deletion is difficult at first. Trust me! I take a LOT of pictures! But it gets easier over time. Mostly because it’s easier – and more fun – to look back at those photos when there are fewer to sift through.
Your assignment for today:
- Delete those photos!
- Continue working on habit #1.
- Consider customizing your Spring Cleaning 365 experience if your in the mood to really tackle those photos…or if you want to deep clean a different area of your home!