Organizing your printed photos can seem like a daunting task. But if you break it down into small bite-size tasks, then it will go more smoothly and you won’t be overwhelmed. The first thing you want to do, as with any project, is to gather your tools and supplies. To help you get started, I have compiled a list of photo organizing supplies that I use and that I carry in my tool box.
- Containers of various sizes for short term sorting and storage of photos and memorabilia. Shoebox sized boxes or bins are the best size to use. You can also find inexpensive photo storage boxes at a craft store that work well. But, remember, these are only temporary.
- Photo labeling pencil –a safe way to label your photos. I do not recommend writing on a photo with a regular pen or pencil. I purchase my photo labeling pencils from Archival Methods.
- Index cards – To be used in the sorting process to divide your photos by category, label each section, and record stories. I suggest using a 4×6 card as this size will fit best in your sorting boxes.
- Post-It notes of various sizes – To be used to label sorting boxes and bins, write notes on the back of photos, and for much more.
- Envelopes of various sizes to be used for sorting and temporary storage of your photos
- Pen, pencil
- Small note book for recording progress and keeping your family timeline and other notes.
- Dental floss or small spatula– To assist with removing photos from old sticky albums.
- Trash bags for photos you are not keeping.
- Archival safe photo box for long-term storage of photos and memorabilia after you finish sorting and categorizing your photos. I recommend the following vendors:
For assistance with organizing and preserving your photo collection, refer to my previous blog for tips to get started organizing your printed photo collection.