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Photo Storage Organizing Tips

markus-spiske-117324It’s almost that time of the year where you will be taking lots of photos and the last thing you need to see is “Memory full”  EEEK!

Plus some of you will be sending pictures to the grandparents.  Wouldn’t it be nice if those pictures were organized?  No one likes to spend hours searching for that picture of Pam on her horse wearing the yellow outfit.  Who has that kind of time?  At the holidays!!  No one.santa-4123836032_424fbe1779_b

Well, it would be a good idea to get organized.

Since most if not all of our current photos are electronic here are some tips to organize your electronic photos.

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Smile!  Selfie!  Group Shot! Candid Shot! Look over here!!

OK, now that most of us are living in the digital age we have a camera on our phone and our tablets. Plus many of us have digital cameras. We take lots of pictures. We shoot selfies, our kids, our pets, our food, our flowers, our toes and lots of other things.A photo by Toronto Eaters. unsplash.com/photos/i_xVfNtQjwI

I take photos of my grocery lists, of books I want to read, of business cards I want to keep, I snap screenshots of directions, email information and other tidbits that I want to explore further.

Life is too short to keep bad pictures! But no one wants to lose his or her memories.

We have memory sticks; chips, memory cards, DVDs, old cell phones and some of us have negatives.cell phone photo photo-1454473332662-09275b52e5a1

But did you know that electronic photos can and do create clutter?

How many bad photos do you have? How about duplicates? There is really no reason to keep unrecognizable overexposed or underexposed blurry pictures or unintentional photos of your hand or the floor.

Have you organized them? Most people don’t they leave them where they took them. Cell phone or digital camera. You share them on Facebook, Instagram or by email. But that is also how they can be lost. What should you save? How to organize them? Where are they?

The first thing you have to do is find them. Go through all those old devices and see what you want to keep. Then you will need to decide how and where you want to keep your photos. There are lots of articles and tips on this that can be found all over the Internet.

Electronic photos are fairly easy to organize. You can set up folders and then you can further organize them by subject. Thank goodness electronic photos are dated. So your photos will automatically be by date. It is easy to start with a folder per year. Then you can organize them by the event. You may want to be specific if you are setting up a folder for holidays who knows what holidays are in there.

I find it is easiest and fastest to keep them on USB flash drives organized by year – I can simply grab the one I need, plug it into my computer, and easily find and copy over the image I’m looking for. I have USB drives that are labeled by year with a black paint pen and attached to a standard metal key tag like one of these flash drives.  Bonus, your precious memories are backed up onto a flash drive that you can store in a fireproof safe place.

For even more specific tips on how to organize your digital photos, I have attached a link from techlicious com 10 tips to keep your digital photos organized.

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If you are looking for ways to take a better picture you might want to check this out:  5 ways to take Great Photos

I recently read that it is highly likely that most photographed generation will be the one who doesn’t have a photograph in 10 years. What do you think?  I love getting your comments.

Thanks Pamela

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(Photo credit Unsplash)

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Are you looking for the perfect gift?

I don’t normally share products but…… These are fantastic!  I am always looking for a gift that is outside the box.  No pun intended, these so fit the bill. The KIWI company is perfect for kids!  It is a teaching opportunity that is fun!  I am always looking to be that Aunt  you know the one that sends the best gift, not the ones that you can find everywhere.

Little Tike Car

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Click here if you are looking for a special gift for a special kid in your life:

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Thanks Pamela!!

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Are you a Pro?

Procrastinator?

I will get that closet cleaned out and organized……

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But…. It’s time.  Not too cold yet.  You can bee organized.  Here are some prior posts to help you get started.

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Don’t put that down!

Remember, you can do it and you will be glad you did.

Have a great day!

Thanks Pamela

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NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR REFRIGERATOR DAY – November 15

Later this week is national clean out your refrigerator day. So you know what that means…

Empty the containers that are way in the back.

Toss out the takeout from 3 weeks ago. (You will thank me later.)

Do you have an almost empty bottle of mayo or Catalina dressing? Do you even like Catalina dressing? No? Well, why are you keeping the ½ ounce that is at the bottom of that bottle?condiments photo-1465060780892-48505fc8f941.jpg

Do you have a beer that you have been saving for the Astro’s to win the world series? They did and that beer may not be as satisfying as the last game was. Ditto for any other expired food you have in there.  Let it go.

Besides if you live in the USA, Thanksgiving is coming. You need room for all the food. The dressing, pumpkin pie and the turkey, oh my. You must make room for the goodies.

Now that you have tossed the science experiments that were growing in your refrigerator it’s time to clean all the shelves, wash the crisper drawers.  Don’t forget to vacuum condenser coils and vacuum out under the refrigerator.

Again you are welcome!  Now enjoy your nice clean refrigerator.

So Happy Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day!!!

Thanks!

Pamela

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Seasonal Rituals~

We are going into the “busy” time of the year. Don’t forget about the experience of just being. Spend some time enjoying your home and family. Jill writes about seasonal rituals. Enjoy. Thanks Jill

Living Well Rituals

For six months of the year we make a ritual of laying and lighting a fire in the fireplace and sitting around in the evenings and on weekends. We begin our fire ritual on the 1st really cold October day. We have swivel chairs on either side of our fireplace with a reading table in between and we tend to sit and read, talk and relax, and gaze into the flames. We keep our house cool in the winter so the warmth of the fire brings us all together. We often move the books off the table and eat supper in front of the fire with our children.
Words from Alexandra Stoddard:
My first memory of visiting my Godmother in Framingham, Massachsetts, when I was five, was sleeping in the guest room in a high mahogany four-poster bed that faced a beautifully carved mantel, there was a crackling fire…

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The ugly truth about donating your stuff

OK, you have cleaned out your closet and you have bags and boxes of stuff you are letting go.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

party banners photo-1465060810938-30bbe7c40e76Now what to do with it?  Do you take it to Goodwill or shove it into one of those boxes in the parking lot of your neighborhood grocery store?

I am an advocate of donating your stuff if it is still usable.  If not please don’t donate.  But where?Idea-starwars-james-pond-185593

You have to do some research and follow your own heart or make up your own mind.  Here we have many many many (did I mention Many) options as to where to donate.  If you want to look into some of the charities and be informed when you’re giving back,  you can check out sites like CharityWatch.org to find out how your donation will actually reach people in need.

Everyone is familiar with Goodwill and Salvation Army but did you know many churches have thrift stores?  Also, there is Dressed for Success, Veterans, Althimers, Food banks, CancerCare, habitat for humanity,  Women’s shelters, animal shelters, Big Brother Big Sister, Soles 4 soles … the list goes on.  If there is a cause that pulls your heartstrings you can probably find a way to donate to them.thank you card aaron-burden-211846

You will be helping others and helping yourself.  You can do it!  Don’t let those donations linger in your home or trunk.  Let them go.

Have an amazing day!!  I do love your comments!

Thanks Pamela

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#donate #organize #clutter #payitforward