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Managing Photographs

Managing Photographs By FRANCES DAMATO Do you have a draw or a box with photographs in it? How often do you look at the photos? If you are like me the answer is rarely. Recently I realized that I have been using a tall lingerie cabinet to store photos that I never see. I bought two large photo albums so I could put the pictures I wanted to save in something. One album was for family photos and the other for travel shots. I started with one draw and an hour of time. I looked through the photos and selected the ones I wanted to keep for each category. I threw away all the rest along with the envelopes and the negatives. About 30 minutes after I started, I began to sort the family photos by people and years. I put the oldest pictures in the albums first and in 15 minutes I had the family album well under way. I used the next 15 minutes to do the same with the travel shots. In almost one hour I had completed the task giving me two albums I could review and share and an empty draw. Over the next week I repeated the process. After each hour of work I rewarded myself with a swim in the pool. For my efforts I now have pictures in order that I may share with friends and family. Since I'm downsizing I was able to sell the lingerie cabinet and now I have more free space in my bedroom. With advancing arthritis, I'm always happy when I have more room to move in. Also I enjoy completing a task I can do on my own. Let me know if this article was helpful to you. Please also share with me projects you have completed in your home. Ccfld7/18/09

posted on: 7/18/2009 12:30:00 PM by Frances D'Amato
category: Special Populations

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by Theresa Finnigin, Ready Aim Organize on 7/19/2009 11:28:19 AM:

I'm too working on a project organizing my photos. I'm moving years of photos from 15+ albums to photo boxes. I'm saving so much space and it gives me a chance to purge pictures that are blurry or not worth saving. Aren't digital cameras wonderful now?!

by catnipper on 7/19/2009 2:28:25 PM:

Since my mother and mother-in-law both died 2 years ago we have acquired all the family photos spanning decades. My grandmother also passed away last year and her collection could reach the moon! Can anyone offer some ideas of how to begin organizing this Herculean Archive? I can be reached at [email protected]

by Frances D'Amato on 1/1/2011 10:53:52 AM:

Catnipper: Wow how much to deal with after life times of collecting. Just remember to set small goals, remember then toss into a fire in your fireplace. Let the smoke rise like incense offering a prayer that you will remember the good times with your ancestors.

by Frances D'Amato on 1/1/2011 10:58:33 AM:

Theresa Flinnigin Remember a professional photographer takes many pictures before he is satisfied with the one he will publish. I think you are on the right track. Yes with digital photos we can delete bad shots immediately before we grow attached. Our brain is the best storage place.

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Frances L. D'Amato, M.A. M.Ed. is an Organizational Psychologist as well as a working artist. She founded the Tree Group in 1981 and has been helping Organizations reduce clutter and streamline systems for more efficient management. About ten years ago she expanded her focus to include individuals who work at home and then individuals who need help decluttering their homes. Frances works with the individual to discover the meaning of clutter and develops a process to allow people to let go and live in a more clutter and stress free environment.

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