How to Organize When you Experience Photograph Overwhelm

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I recently had a question about how to sort pictures when it’s an overwhelming amount or emotional to tackle.  The poster got a headache every time she started going through her pictures.

This method of sorting pictures I’m going to talk about today is when you have a bunch of photos loose in a box, or very little organization.

When organizing photos that are loose in a box, you’ll need some envelopes and a pencil to start.

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

Start with sorting 10 photos at a time.  Celebrate that as a huge win.  Close up your picture box and be done for the day.

Overcoming the overwhelm mental block means accomplishing just a little bit at a time.  If you feel great about your results, determine to tackle a bit more the next day.  But it is important to bite off small chunks at first.   Then let the momentum of accomplishing more and more build until all your pictures are completed.

While you are sorting, keep the photos in labeled envelopes (sorted by event, person or story – up to you) until you know how many of each you have and what kind of system you want.  There are so many great photo saving systems out there.

When you start to open the box (and this goes for all organizing) and anxiety starts to kick in, ask yourself why?  Why is it overwhelming, why is it frustrating?

If it’s overwhelming because of the sheer volume of things to organizing or go through, then that has an easy solution, as I said, start with small portions.  So for pictures, bring the small quantity of pictures to the table or a different area of the house and go through them there, in a fresh clean environment.

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels

If there is negative energy and bad memories in the photos, then get rid of those pictures or items.  Do not let negative energy steal your happiness…life is too short for that.  Living with guilt robs you of the present moment.   You never know, by letting go of the negative memories in the form of pictures, new and fabulous things may enter into your life.  I see it happen all the time.  Do not carry negative energy into the next day.

Sometimes I think society through Instagram and Facebook and Pinterest has given us this idea of what our organizing and home should look like.  For us to achieve the same look we admire on social media there’s so much pressure to be and have our homes a certain way.  Sometimes that is not realistic or not even something we really want deep down.   Release the need to follow the joneses for a happier and more fulfilling life.  If accomplishing that Pinterest look is natural and easy for you, then do that for you!   You do you and the rest is just noise.

Enjoy your photos and the process!  It’s nostalgic!

Do you have any favorite photograph organizers?


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