Photo Organizing: 15 Things to Let Go of Now



Man, who’s that chubby kiddo on the tire swing? Oh wait, that’s me. And yes, that’s also my photo collection, friends. Anyone else taking a trip down memory lane of late? With all the craziness in the world right now, I’ve become super clear about what’s most important, and friends and family memories top the list.

I know, I’m old school. Millenials be like, printed photo collection? But friends, I love my printed photos as much as I love old records and rainbow glass, my Trapper Keeper, and my box of notes from high school. These are last remnants of my favorite memories and there’s just something special about those memories. But the endless piles, nonsensical bins, and old school albums met their match in this pro organizer.

Although my printed collection was organized several years ago, I recently inherited a few more boxes from a family member and I can’t wait to get them into my spanking new archival boxes. Yellowed albums and sticky garage photos no more!

This month we’re celebrating memories and all things photo organizing, so follow along all month. And since inquiring minds want to know, we’ve launched these archival quality boxes in our shop! Follow along with the aid of my book or this post to guide your photo organizing journey. To get you started, here are 15 things to let go of now:

15 Things to Let Go of Now: Photo Organizing Edition

  1. Duplicates

  2. Bad or blurry photos

  3. Similar photos

  4. Unflattering photos

  5. Yellowing albums (non-acid-free)

  6. Mismatched albums and containers

  7. Envelopes

  8. Photos of people you don’t know

  9. Bad memory photos

  10. Redundant locations

  11. Unidentifiable scenery photos

  12. Unused film

  13. Old cameras you won’t use

  14. Negatives that have been scanned or developed

  15. Excuses


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  1. Jacquelyn Glass says:

    What is the best scanner for photo organizing?

  2. liz says:

    this article was the push i needed to get my collection together. i came across your archival boxes on pinterest the other night… and am digging the look of them. thanks for this well written piece.

    • Awesome! Thank you for sharing Liz. So happy to hear it. We love that and thank you to Pinterest. I’m really happy to hear it is directing people over to our site. We just started posting there more regularly. xx

  3. marime says:

    Gracias por las recomendaciones. Cuesta soltar, pero es un camino de ida. LAs fotos y recuerdos, para mi, son materialmente hablando muy importante, y deseo cuidarlos y conservarlos.
    Te dejo saludos, y si… te encontré por Pinterest también.
    Saludos desde Paraná (E. Ríos) Argentina

  4. […] on my life and all the happy memories (BTW, if a photo stirs up not so great memories, you have full permission to toss […]


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