The easiest way to get all those family snapshots organized is to get some inexpensive photo storage boxes. I recommend picking one brand/style and sticking to it, so you can label the fronts and keep a uniform appearance going. I’ve found that storing photos in whatever mix-n-match containers and boxes I have laying around just leads to a lack of cohesiveness and organiztion.
I recently inherited 20+ years of family photos from my parents. These photos were not organized at all…most were still in their original envelopes from processing! I purchased 6 photo storage boxes (clearance for $3.50 each at Target…often on sale for $2.99 each at craft stores…there were ones I liked better on Amazon but those were $12 each so I went the cheap way….later on I will cover what I got in fabric so they’re all matchy-matchy and pretty).
I’m currently using the boxes to help me sort. I’ve labeled them as follows:
I’m sorting as I go, the best I can, as some pics aren’t dated. I’m also reserving in a separate box (just a plastic storage box) the ones that I want to put in frames, albums or scrapbook. That way I won’t have to go back through the boxes of pictures anytime soon (though I can if I want). Once I finish, I can wait for a great sale on scrapbooking stuff and put together some books that the kids and other family can enjoy. I may even scan the choice photos and make a memory book to give my dad.
This task is slow-going, but I need to do it for my own kids’ and family’s photos too so I’m trying to hustle…and Tom and I have pics going back to 1993 or so. So that will be one more project! 🙂