If you don’t know me by now, I love organization. I like everything in my house to have it’s own spot, I can’t stand clutter and I do a “spring cleaning” about 4+ times a year. Crazy? Maybe. But I like the feeling of knowing where everything is.
But now that so much of our lives are online I really have been focusing on how to get my “online” life just as organized as my “offline” life. This is especially true about my pictures. I have tons; I’m talking 1000′s of pictures that I need organized and backed up. At first I really didn’t know where to start so I decided to jump right in and start organizing them into folders. First by year, then month, then by events.
- Caden’s first haircut
- Charleston Beach Trip
- Ohio Trip
- Mothers Day
Once I had them all organized I uploaded them (by year, month, and events) to my external hard drive. I wanted something on hand and large enough to store all our family pictures in. It was surprisingly really fast, it literally took a couple minutes to pull all the photos on to the hard drive. Now I can go directly to the year or month and pull any pictures I may need without taking up so much space on my computer.
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I then uploaded all my pictures to Shutterfly. I like having a place online for all my pictures in case, god forbid a fire or natural disaster occurs at our house. The last thing I want to be thinking about in an emergency situation is our pictures. This is also great when I’m re-doing my picture frames or I just need a couple prints here or there. It’s super easy and quick to order up a few prints. Heck, if I’m really feeling lazy they’ll deliver it right to my front door. Talk about convenience!
And the last thing I do (or plan on doing) is to make a photo album. I’m just about finished with my first one (My Pregnancy with Caden) and I have already started on one about CK’s First Year. I plan on making one each year so we can remember all the fun things we did throughout the year.
Now that I got my plan down and my pictures organized, I’m hoping I’ve covered all my bases! What do you think? Am I missing something?
How do you backup and organize all your family photos?