Organize Your Family Photos in 5 Steps



We take a lot of photos of our family! We take photos on our phones, we have photos made, and you may even take some with a fancy camera as I do. That’s a lot of photos to keep up with! Today I am going to show you exactly how you can organize your family photos in 5 Steps.

Now, let me say this- this process is easy BUT it takes some serious time. I mean, how many images are you sorting through? If you’re like most moms, it’s 10s of thousands. Only you can decide if a photo is worth keeping or not. You don’t want to outsource this job. The good news is- spending 10 minutes a day will have this task compete in now time.

I  made you a guide to making this process even easier- grab it here.

Before we get started, you need to decide where you are going to store your photos. Will you be using a “cloud,” an external hard drive, your computer (I strongly don’t recommend it), or somewhere else? I personally use DropBox to backup and organize all my personal and professional images.

To see a step-by-step video guide of this, check out my YouTube channel.

  1. Make Annual Folder

    • First, organize your family photos is to make folders for the years you want organized. Have photos dated back to 2010? Great! Make a folder for each year.

  2. Make Monthly Folders

    • Next, within each yearly folder make a folder for each month of the year.

  3. Make “Event” Folder

    • Within the monthly folders add “event” folders. These can be for things you know you are going to have folders for. Back-to-School, Christmas, Halloween, Birthdays, etc.

  4. Organize

    • Now that our folders are set up, let’s get to organizing your family photos. We want to start with just one year. Any year- it doesn’t matter. For example, say you want to organize 2020 photos. Search for 2020 wherever you have the photos stored (I just dropbox) and select every single image and drag it into the 2020 annual folder.

    • Now that they are all in the 2020 folder, start to sort them by the month and put them in the appropriate folder.

  5.  Delete photos you don’t want.

    • Finally, Go through each monthly folder one at a time and delete any duplicates, screenshots, etc. Only keep your absolute favorite. This can take time. Do it while you are in the Starbucks drive-through or waiting in the car line.

    • Make sure the photos are named correctly. You can check out my post here on how I rename my images (it’s my #1 secret to organizing photos!)

So there you have it, Organize Your Family Photos in 5 Steps! Your family photos are important and should be organized and cherished. Follow these 5 easy steps and you’ll have your photos organized in no time!

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