Back in December and January, I tackled organizing our 1997 thru 2008 photos. I’d recently received a great coupon from the company from whom I order photos so decided to use it to order our photos from 2009 to current and get those organized in the same way.
I ended up ordering just shy of 600 photos (584, to be exact!), which stacked up like so:
Sadly, all photos I’d taken between January thru June of 2010 are lost forever — they were on my laptop, but not uploaded anywhere and not backed up in any way, which wasn’t a problem until that particular laptop took a nosedive off our couch, thereby destroying the hard drive. That sucked. (although it did spur me to begin regularly backing up my laptop!)
Organizing these actually wasn’t overly time-consuming because I’m pretty methodical about how I organize photos on my laptop. I sort them by year and by month, and when I upload them for ordering I sort them the same way. So when these nearly-600 pictures were printed and packaged up, for the most part each month’s photos were grouped together, which saved a great deal of hair-pulling ;-).
That said, it seems like it would’ve been natural for one envelope to contain, say, January thru March 2011 photos, but it didn’t work out that way — each envelope was a surprise package of, for example, one month from this year + one month from 2009 and maybe a month or two (but not consecutive months!) from 2011 thrown in for good measure — so there was still a bit of effort required to figure out from which year and month each envelope’s pictures came . . . but nothing as crazy as it could’ve been if I’d uploaded the pictures willy-nilly without any kind of pre-organization!
So that stack of photos now looks like this:
Within each year’s container, the photos are organized in date order. They may not stay that way as we pull them out and look through them, but since each photo is now dated it’d be easy enough to re-order them should I or someone else so choose (this is assuming one of my descendants is as anal as I about that kind of stuff LOL).
And here’s what I’ve done to-date (photos 1997 to current):