This is the view that greeted me the other day when I opened up the doors to our coffee table. This is where a lot, but not all, of our photo albums are stored.
After peeling back the layers, this is the mess I found.
After years of sitting in albums, our photos are falling out, the pages are ripping and everything is getting jumbled. You know how it is, don't you? The problem is, as we all get older, we're trying hard to remember which baby that is in the picture. They used to be sorted nicely by year, but once everything starts falling apart and things get mixed up, I sometimes can't recognize which baby is which! Horrible, I know.
This is one project that is at the top of my list when the kids are mostly grown and out of the house and I have a lot of extra free time on my hands (ha!). I've thought about other options in the past, like cardboard photo boxes or plastic storage boxes, but as of yet have not invested in any of them. My biggest fear is that one of the boxes would get dropped or knocked over and we'd have an even bigger mess than we have now.
Since I've gotten my first digital camera (about 6 years ago) I haven't really printed that many pictures out. I have a separate hard drive just for my photos, but even that scares me. I really need to get some printed out in the event that my hard drive blows up or something. I can say that they are organized in a very systematic fashion on my hard drive. Does that count for anything?
I told you in the beginning it wasn't all going to be perfect here. This is another area where I just don't have it all together. Unfortunately, I think it might be one of those things that I will regret having not organized after something bad happens and it is too late.
How do you store all of your photos? Does it work for you or not? I am definitely open to suggestions on this one!
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