"I have like 50,000 photos and don't know where to start!"
This is what I hear from a lot of you. Thousands and thousands of photos all over the place. Stealing your time. Causing you stress. Instead of enjoying your memories, they end up being a source of confusion and anxiety.
Trust me, I get it.
You probably ask yourself questions like:
“Are they safe?”
“Where is that photo from Easter 2014?”
“Wait! Did I save my wedding photos here or there?”
You find yourself trying to tackle photo books, BUT end up abandoning that idea when you realize you just don’t have time for that because…well, you just don’t have time to organize all your photos!
In order to get in control of our photos, we need to understand how we got here in the first place, so we don’t make the same mistakes again.
There are 6 main reasons why your photos are out of control:
Reason #1 It is so easy to take a picture. I’m going to date myself a little here, but there was a time (not too long ago!) when you had to actually PAY to see your photos. What’s that you say? Yes, it wasn’t so easy to point and click. I remember, when there was some actual thought before taking a photo. Would it be worth the cost to develop it? Now, it’s click and view and this convenience has us snapping away on our smart phones as we document all the days of our lives. This leaves us with A LOT to juggle. In fact, the average family ends up with around 3,000 photos at the end of every year.
Reason #2 Your photos are in too many places. A lot of this is due to not really knowing the best places to put your photos. You either forget your photos are in these places or abandon one cloud solution for another. And sometimes it’s not clear how to move your photos easily and safely. Your photos then end up in several different places: iPhoto or iCloud, Amazon Photos, Google Photos, DropBox, One Drive - just to name a few.
Also, it’s likely that you have several old computers or flash drives that contain precious memories, but you haven’t moved them off those devices either. Your spouse or partner also likely has thousands of photos you want to see too, but they are in different accounts and on different computers. It’s like a trail of forgotten years and it’s anxiety inducing when you think some memories may be lost forever.
Reason #3 You make duplicates by mistake. Because of reason #2, you try to fix this problem by making copies and putting them in a new place, but forget you’ve done that or forget to delete the old place, so you end up with duplicates.
Your partner texts or shares photos with you almost on a daily basis. You then save those photos to your devices, then you try to merge their photos with yours and voila! More duplicates.
You attempt to print photos or photo books and upload your photos to another place to print them and make even more copies! This is just a vicious cycle creating even more files for you to sift through.
Reason #4 You scan or take photos of old photographs. This one is obvious. You’re just taking more photos of photos! It is admirable you’re working to digitize them, but this just adds more files to deal with.
Reason #5 You don’t have a single place where all your photos and scans go. A single place is THE answer to your out of control photos. I recommend an external hard drive 2TB or more. It is a place you OWN and manage. I call it your Memory Hub and this is where all your photo and video files should live.
Reason #6 You don’t have a plan. Frankly, you didn’t know you needed one. But, with thousands of files to manage and no time to manage them, you need an easy plan to tame the mess and a system to follow to keep it that way.
Luckily, Memory My Way has such a plan baked right into the heart of the entire membership. The main focus is to make it easier to rescue your photos from the cloud and your devices year after year. Plus, I teach you step by step how to get control of your photo clutter once and for all. Imagine reliving your best adventures gathered around a photo book instead of another screen!
Nichole Healy is the Founder of Memory My Way where families get the help they need to rescue their memories from the cloud. Memory My Way pairs members with a professional Designer who custom creates their family photo books for them - saving tons of precious time. To learn more about how Memory My Way can help you, go here.