The past few months we’ve spent a couple of days working on photo organization.
We’re going to do the same this month. And next month. And the next.
Until it becomes a Habit.
If you need to officially add it to your cleaning schedule, the by all means, go for it! Of course I’ll remind you as well.
Digital photos can be a major source of clutter! I know this personally. I know this because I hear about it from you.
So let’s get to work, shall we?
Our task for today is to declutter our digital photos:
- Connect your phone and camera to your computer and dump ALL of your photos into your photo software program.
- Then delete every photo on your phone and camera.
- Then….delete any photo that isn’t AMAZING.
As a reminder, here’s the least painful way to start deleting photos (in my opinion):
- Delete duplicate photos.
- Compare photos from each event; delete those that don’t convey something special about the event.
- Step back and look at the photos from an outsiders perspective. Are there any photos that would be Boring with a capital B to look through?
- Keep deleting photos until you’re left with only 2 or 3 of the most captivating photos that tell the story of the event. Of course there may be a few events that you want to keep a few more (i.e. a wedding) but those are the exception rather than the rule.
I know photo deletion is difficult at first. Trust me! I take a LOT of pictures! But it gets easier over time. Mostly because it’s easier – and more fun – to look back at those photos when there are fewer to sift through.
Here are a few steps to think through as you work.
- Make sure your photos are in a descriptive folder. Maybe something like year, month, event.
- Name the photos to something other than “img_ooo23.jpg”
- Tag the photos appropriately (of course this only applies if the program your using has tags).
- Back up your photos. Put them in dropbox (it’s free!), on an external hardrive (not free but totally worth it!), somewhere in the cloud, etc.
If you don’t have time to go though all of the steps, set your timer for 5-15 minutes and get to work. Then feel free to quit when the timer goes off. Keeping your photos in order doesn’t have take over your life!
Your assignment for today:
- Continue working on habit #6.
- Get your digital photos in order!
- Add this task to your personal cleaning calendar.
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