Too Many Photos

United States
February 12, 2007 9:33am CST
I have this box filled w/ photos and I need to organize them some how. I bought a photo album that held 300 photos...I filled it up and my box barely has a dent in it. Who knows how many photos. I need an easy way to organize and protect my photos. I can't buy albums to hold all of them. I could end up spending more than a hundred bucks to do that.
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8 responses
• United States
12 Feb 07
Garage sales!! people are practically giving away photo boxes and photo albums all time at garage sales, you can get them really cheap.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I purchased a scrap book and cut my pictures with fancy sissors aboutn the outsite. I cut out things that were not necessary in the pictuer and the pictuers into cute shapes like hearts, circles, ect and that way I could get more on the pages.
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@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
12 Feb 07
OH, I feel you girlie! I have soooo many pictures that it's not even funny. They are all packed away in a box and I really need to do something with them also! It just takes so long,lol. I have used those plastic type shoe boxes that you can get at walmart. The 4x6 prints sit in there just right. And it saves you from putting them all in albums. Or you could just simply buy the sheets for a photo album, but that would probably be pretty costly too, not to mention time consuming! Thanks for posting this, I'll keep checking back for better ideas! Have a great day!
• United States
12 Feb 07
Just be sure that if you are putting your photos in albums that they are acid free. Or it will just eat them up. Another idea is using recipes card boxes you can store the photos nicely and organize them using the cards to keep the story of the photos on.
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
12 Feb 07
I just develope the ones that I really really want and I put those in albums. The rest I actually keep on my computer, ofcourse backed up on a cd or dvd. There are some great programmes that lets you organise them just like a photoalbum so that when u put the disc in it looks as flipping through a regular album.. I take alot of photos and If i were to develop them all I would have photos everywhere =)
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I finally gave up on the album idea. My daughter and I spent a great deal of this past summer organizing 20 years worth of my photos! I actually removed some from some albums! I was walking through a store (one of those that has everything from baskets to cookware...) and saw these pretty boxes. They are faux leather with a black and white bottom and solid black lids. I took cardstock and cut dividers with little tabs along the top. I made sections for each xmas...like xams 89, xmas 90 etc. I put the appropriate pics behind each divider. Then I made sections for each child with the word miscellaneous. I have all holidays, dance recitals, everything represented! Each box held two long rows (side by side) The two boxes held almost all of my pics! They look very pretty sitting in my bedroom with a small candle on top of them! I love being able to go right to whatever picture I need! My mother saw mine and wants me to do hers...dear God, she has literally thousands of envelopes of pictures. I get dizzy thinking about it!
• United States
13 Feb 07
I've purchased acid-free photo boxes for my photos and I place them in there by event and date. I have too many photos to add to albums, too, and this way at least I know where certain photos are in a second if I need to go back and reference them.
• United States
13 Feb 07
I have literally thousands of photos taken before digital cameras and have been slowly working my way through them. First I make the agonizing decision of which ones to throw away, out of focus, duplicate prints (my niece used to develop my photos at her lab and always made 2 or 3 sets of everything,) duplicate or very similar poses, landscape photos that I can no longer identify (I kept photos of people I couldn't id because I'm sure someone in the family can.) Next I picked out the ones I really liked and scanned them onto the computer and saved them to CDs. I also chose the ones I really, really, really liked and had them framed. The ones I don't think I'll look at often but am still not ready to part with, I put photo boxes I purchased at a local craft store. They hold about 300 photos each and if I catch them on sale cost around 3.00 apiece. The hardest part is just getting started because the task is so overwhelming as a whole. So set yourself a goal each time you work on them, say 100 photos or sort for one hour. Breaking it down seems to help.