Photo Overload!

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Getting Organized, Organized Home, Picture Organization

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Four years ago my mom passed away.

Along with her passing, I inherited boxes of photos: some from her childhood, some from mine, randomly tossed in a box for me to decipher.

This was a daunting task, even for someone as organized me.

So they sat… boxes of photos, on a shelf, in my storage room. If I didn’t have to see them, I didn’t have to deal with it (sound familiar?).

Years of memories just sitting on a shelf.

What a waste.

Isn’t the point of making memories so that you can reflect back on them? Enjoy them? Share stories with your kids and loved ones?

So I went on a quest to find a simple way to organize hundreds (possibly thousands) of random photos.

A few months ago I connected with the folks at ScanMyPhotos and was excited to find a solution to my photo clutter that wasn’t completely overwhelming.

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In a nutshell here’s how it works:

  1. Go online and select the option you want (photos, slides, negatives, videos, etc)
  2. Create a username and profile
  3. They send you a pre-paid box (each box holds up to approx. 2,000 photos)
  4. Sort through your photos (I did mine by general category: mom as a kid, mom as a young adult, my early years, high school, college, adult)
  5. Separate each group with a numbered index card and a rubber band to keep them organized
  6. Seal up the box and send it back for processing

Within a week, you’ll receive your returned photos along with a DVD; additional add-on services include a leather-bound book with all your photos inside, extra DVD’s, a flash drive with all of your photos and other items to honor your memories.

It’s that simple! I also want to mention that their customer service department is excellent. I received emails along the way keeping me posted as to where my photos were throughout the process.

If you struggle with “photo-overload” go to www.scanmyphotos.com and see which of their services is right for you. Don’t forget to let them know that simply B organized sent you!

Happy Organizing!

Mixing Function with Style

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Favorite Products, Getting Organized, Paper Clutter, Picture Organization

Who says that being organized has to be boring?  I love incorporating functional pieces that have a unique design element. I was flipping through one of my favorite catalogs, Ballard Designs, when I stumbled across this fabulous storage ottoman.  This piece is ideal for a home office or even a bedroom.  Its multi functional purpose: serving as a file cabinet and/or storage for office supplies. However when closed it acts as additional seating or a small coffee table.  You can customize the fabric to match your room and best of all; it is reasonably priced at $299! Get the most out of your furniture by combining style with function.

3 Tips for Organizing Digital Pictures

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Picture Organization

One area that seems to be a huge area of disorganization for people is photographs.  The challenge is that we often are great at TAKING pictures, but when it comes to printing, storing and organizing them, well, that’s a whole other story….

Below are 3 easy tips to help organize your digital pictures:
 
·        GIVE EACH PICTURE A TITLE
o   How frustrating to go through dozens of pictures labeled 002, 003, 004…and have no idea what they are unless you open them? 
o   To save valuable time, take a few minutes to give each picture a brief name describing the subject; that way when you want to go back and find a specific picture you don’t have to waste time sorting through ones you don’t want
 
·        CREATE FOLDERS
o   Within your general picture folder-whether on your desktop or on a photo website such as Snapfish or Shutterfly, create specific folders for each event
o   Additionally I suggest creating a folder for each year where you can put random pictures that don’t necessarily warrant their own folder but need somewhere to go.
 
·        DELETE BAD PICTURES
o   Part of the beauty of digital photos is that we have the ability to delete the ones that aren’t good. 
o   Delete photos that are out of focus, where people have their eyes closed, or aren’t looking at the camera.
Keep in mind that digital clutter can be just as cumbersome as physical clutter.  Just because you don’t see it every day doesn’t mean that it won’t slow you down when the time comes to look for something.  So be mindful and take some time to get those pictures categorized-trust me, you’ll be happy that you did!