Did you know that May is National Photo Month? Well it sure makes sense, since there are so many family gatherings this month: Memorial Day BBQs, college graduations, and Mother’s Day. Of course, all of these Kodak moments aren’t going to help reduce your ever-growing photo collection.
So to help conquer that clutter, here is a simple guide for dealing with photos.
1. Box it up.
If you’re not ready to purge, gather your photo collection and put them in “question boxes,” label them, and store them somewhere safe. Let a little time pass, especially if you’re in an emotional state. After three to six months, start sorting through.
2. Go digital.
Remember: digital cameras, cloud storage, and online albums are your friend. They create an easy way to go travel down memory lane without taking up too much space. Become a digital scrapbook fiend and you can get creative and hoard memories to your heart’s content.
3. Save only the best.
You don’t need twelve different versions of the same posed graduation photo. Only hold onto the best of the best. Rule out the following photos:
- Red eye
- Heads cut off
- Most photos taken from a moving vehicle
- Photos of exes
Having too many choices will get in your way, and saving things without a purpose creates that crazy clutter. Ask yourself with each photo: “Am I going to use this in some way in the future?” If you aren’t going to put it on Facebook, picture frame, etc., then it’s time to delete/toss aside.
4. Let go of sentiment.
Not every memory needs photographic evidence. Sentimental clutter can get out of control when we don’t create boundaries. Try disconnecting and decide what you’re really going to want to see in years to come.
5. Hold your trigger finger.
The most effective way to curb the photo clutter is to take less photos. When you hold up a camera to capture a scene, it can take you out of the moment. Sometimes, it’s best to put down the smartphone and enjoy the fleeting experience.