Organize Current Photos First

If you are overwhelmed with years of unorganized photos, start with the current ones first, and get them organized. I made albums for each kid, and one for their dad and I, trying to find the older ones first and working from there to the present. If you don't label them, they will be just about worthless someday. There are special photo pens that you should purchase to write on the back of the picture that won't press through the paper, and are archival safe.

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Don't use those awful photo albums that have sticky pages where you press the picture onto the page. The photos will age quickly, and some you can't get off at a later time, and one of mine the pictures slid off after some years.

Contact a lady in your area that teaches creative album making and have her come to your house and teach a group of you and your friends. A nice proper album will have pages that you can write short histories about each picture. I do not sell those albums, but have been to several house demonstrations and have purchased their supplies. You can get the supplies at certain stores as well. Go to one where the saleslady knows about them and can teach you or show you a few demonstrations.

Also, there are demonstrations on You Tube, and or the Internet. This information will save your photos, as they will deteriorate over the years if you don't do them with the good archival safe photo pages. A box is good too if you don't want to use albums.

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By hopeful from beautiful Salem, OR

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November 4, 20110 found this helpful

Great thought about starting with the newest snaps first!

I'm always thinking I should get the old ones first but then I get bogged down and give up. Starting with the newest would mean my memory would still be fresh on the event and participants; that bit of organizing would then be finished quickly. Then I could put on the detective hat and track down the older ones.

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