Updated: Feb 2
Do you remember your grandparents' old photo albums with magnetic pages and little square photos that captured life way back in the "olden days?" Usually, these albums were lined up on living room shelves and labeled by year for easy access to a walk down memory lane anytime we wanted!
Then we progressed to the bulkier photo albums of the '80s and '90s with clear pockets allowing four pictures to a page. While these albums were also organized by year, they were often too big to display and instead made their way to boxes in the basement. You knew exactly where your family's story was kept safe and sound but probably skimmed through them less because as the saying goes, "out of sight, out of mind."
Then came the 2000s and smartphones allowed us to take more pictures than ever before. At the exact same time, we started printing less and less. And just like that, having the option to look through photo albums with stories from our past ceased to exist.
And now here we are in 2022...
In just a few decades we have taken away future generations' ability to have old family stories at their fingertips.
The good news is it is not too late to get started!
It's a new month in a brand new year and I'm going to show you how to take 5-10 minutes to organize your digital pictures so you can have your own version of a YEARLY ALBUM for your kids and grandkids!
How to GET STARTED Organizing Your Pictures By Year
While you have 20+ years of digital pictures to organize, starting with your most recent photos is the easiest way to make this process manageable and create a system to organize your photos.
CREATE AN ALBUM FOR 2022 & ADD JANUARY PICS
Whether you use iPhoto, Google or any other cloud service you can create albums to organize your digital photos.
Open iPhoto app
Click "Albums" at the bottom of your screen
Click "+" sign in the top left corner of your screen
Click "New Album"
Add title "2022"
Add all of your pictures from January (you can swipe your finger across the screen to select multiple photos at a time)
Open Google Photos app
Click "Library" at the bottom of your screen
Click on the empty white album with the "+" in the middle to start a new album
Add title "2022"
Click blue "done" button
Click "Select photos"
Add your January photos (click circle next to date to add photos in bulk instead of one by one)
Click "Add" in the top right corner
CLEAN UP JANUARY PICS
Just like cooking, if you clean up as you go it makes the process of organizing your pictures so much easier!
Follow this 3 step process to declutter your 2022 album and in just a few minutes you'll be amazed at how organized your pictures already are for the year!
#1 DELETE JUNK
Delete blurry pictures, screenshots, accidental photos of your shoe, ANY pictures you do not need to keep!
#2 DELETE MULITPLE COPIES
Smartphones make it incredibly easy to take multiple pictures of the exact same moment leading to excessive amounts of digital clutter!
Go through your multiple copies and delete everything except the ONE best photo
You will be amazed at how much you can declutter in this step!
#3 QUICKLY GO THROUGH ALBUM ONE LAST TIME
Scroll through your 2022 album one last time and make sure you didn't miss any junk or multiple copies.
ADD PICTURES EACH MONTH ALL YEAR!
At the beginning of each new month, I will send you a reminder to add pictures to your 2022 album and clean them up so by the end of the year you'll have all of your favorite memories from the year in one place!
And who knows, maybe you'll decide to get crazy and print them so your kids and grandkids will have stories from what will soon become their "olden days!"
All the best,