Each of my three children has their own photo albums that I have crafted for them over the years. In order to make these personalized keepsakes, I’ve adopted a simple photo organizing process. After taking photos with my smartphone, I always try to find some quiet time to delete the ones I dislike. About once a month, I then upload the“keepers” to my computer, edit them as needed and assign the photos to their appropriate folders, such as “2016 PHOTOS.” At the end of the year, I download my favorite photos onto a flash drive and take them to a photo processing center. Next, I place the hard-copy photos into each child’s temporary photo bin. Once sorted, I choose individual photo albums and begin filling them with memories. My oldest has about eight photo albums now and my youngest has about four. They will eventually take the albums with them to enjoy as adults.
Although this photo organizing system works for me now, I honestly don’t wish to continue making albums for my children as they enter adulthood or for the next generation. With the recent birth of my granddaughter, I have implemented a simpler system. Now, I upload photos from my smartphone to an online photo service, such as Snapfish, and create photo albums from there. It’s much easier to create an online album if my photos are already streamlined and sorted. For example, in my granddaughter’s album, her pictures are assigned to a folder with her name and date. With today’s technology, creating beautiful keepsake albums is faster and easier than ever. It’s even possible to create albums directly from your smart phone with an app from Target.
If you find that you have a large assortment of photo prints, you can sort the photos using acid free photo boxes, or you can use shoe boxes, temporarily. For a recent client, we labeled her shoe boxes as “Travel,” “Nature,” and the names of her children. In her case, she decided to pass the photo boxes on to her children and skip the albums altogether. Other clients prefer to scan the photos, save them virtually and eventually create albums from their computers.
Photo organizing can be overwhelming when you have hundreds of photos stored all over the house. When working with my clients, I’ve found that once they get started, the memories come back, they start smiling, and a sense of peace comes over them. They know that their most treasured memories are safe and can be enjoyed by generations to come.
5 Steps To Organizing Your Family’s Summer Calendar
1. Print a three month calendar for June, July & August. Click this link to see if this one might work for you: http://www.crayonfreckles.com/2017/05/25-summer-activities-and-free-printable.html
2. Add holidays, birthdays, party invitations and vacation days. You can attach any information about these events to the back of the calendar.
3. Add any camps your children are signed up for.
4. Cherish the downtime. The lazy days of summer are important so be sure to cherish the downtime! Leave them blank for spontaneous fun.
5. However, if you feel incline you can create a loose timeline for the downtime. For instance:
9:00am wake- eat breakfast, wash-up, make your bed
Noon- have lunch, swim, play
3:00pm- snack, read, rest
5:00pm- help with dinner prep
7:00pm- family time
Give your kids a large bag & ask them to fill it with all items from their rooms that they no longer wish to keep. The rule is they have to fill the bag. Donate them.
Kneel to your child’s level when organizing their toys & books.
Kids of all ages have great ideas. Involve them in the process. Make it fun.
For quiet bedrooms only allow books, puzzles, drawing materials & stuffed animals
Sunday night is “clean up night”. Spend time after dinner getting ready for the busy week ahead.
Add a big bulletin board to their room. Kids & young adults love mementos. Add them to the board.
Decorate their rooms with their own framed artwork. Or put large frames (no glass) on the wall & switch out their artwork with a simple thumbtack inside the frame.
Play your favorite music during clean up time & challenge your family to see how much you can get done in two songs. My sons & I can clean the kitchen after dinner in 11 minutes J
My sons had a night light by their bed, access to books and their stuffed animals on their beds. They were allowed to stay up & read but not get out of bed.
Be careful bringing too much to the college dorm room.
Create zones. For instance study zone, drawing zone, resting zone & clothing zone.