How often do you save your photos on hard drives, memory cards, or USBs, only for them to never see the light of day again? Hidden away in chaotic virtual cyberspace, what once were announced to be forever cherished, are often almost impossible to locate! It makes you wish you could go back in time when Facebook would receive a new album filled with hundreds of pictures after every trip or vacation. We still have Google Albums for that but honestly, how many people have you seen using it? Instagram’s a pretty good option, too, but again, adding hundreds of pictures there?
If you’ve got gadgets filled with vacation photos you haven’t seen in years, now might be the perfect time to organize them. Don’t get too flustered – we’ll break down simple ways for you to accomplish this tedious task. While you’re at it, try making a habit out of these tips!
1. Buy a New Hard Drive/USB every year
Yes, we know how popular “the cloud” is but some things are best kept tangible – for old time’s sake. For now, your job is to get all your old pictures rounded up and into their respective folders. Create individual folders for each year and then each trip in your saving device. Plus, the walk down memory lane will make this little project all the more loved.
2. Keep a “Best Of” Folder
There will be times when you’ll want to look over a certain year but, who has the time to sit through hundreds of thousands of pictures? It’s best for you to add the best pictures from each vacation into a single folder within your yearly folders. This way, you can always steal 5 minutes to see your best memories from a certain year.
3. Print Out Your Favorites
Remember what we said about tangible things? Technology has taken over our lives to such an extent that the little things like sifting through a family album or setting up some lovely frames around the house have become lost joys. Don’t let these little family rituals die. At the end of each month, take out some time to add a couple of photos to an album. This will only make end-of-year holidays all the more fun!
While it’s great to always live in the moment, you can’t help but want to look back at your memories with friends and family. Since everything went virtual, it’s often hard to keep track of everything in your life. But, at the end of the day, a little organization never did hurt anyone.