Most of us have a box or two of unorganized photos, stacks of photo albums collecting dust in a bookcase and paper documents stored in a drawer or file cabinet taking up precious room in our homes. Back in the day when we used real film in our cameras, we would send that roll of film off to be processed and back came dozens of photos, some good, some amazing and quite a few duds. Praise the inventor of digital cameras!
When I met my mother-in-law I noticed that she had been organized enough over the years to put their family photos directly into albums once they were developed. I loved that idea and proceeded to do that with every roll for years to come. It was easy to locate a certain picture you or your kids might be looking for and all seemed well in the world of photo storage. Then you move or downsize, and you are surprised at how many albums have accumulated over the years. When we moved a few years ago, we no longer had the built-in bookshelves that held these albums and thus they sat in a box for about a year. I love my photos, it is a hobby and I get great joy in finding photos that bring back a certain memory or tell a story about our family.
I then decided to look into a home scanner. I located the perfect one, small yet mighty. It can scan photos, documents and receipts with great ease and is no bigger than a three hole punch. While my "photo project" was quite involved, it is still an ongoing process and I am so glad I decided to scan away.
I purchased the Doxie One. For more information and other scanners visit www.getdoxie.com. Right now if you order before December 20th, there will be free shipping and guaranteed delivery before Christmas. Also available on Amazon Prime for $149. (photo below)
I knew that before I could start to scan my photos I had to go through the process of sorting and weeding out the duds. I was surprised how many photos were really not that great and so I started three piles. Keepers, garbage and photos that maybe could be used for projects down the line. More on that another time. After filling two large paper grocery bags, off the duds and duplicates went to the dump. I must admit I was a bit hesitant to toss so many pictures but when I looked at my keepers, I had more than enough memories. In our digital world we just delete the duds, so the dump was my big delete button.
Once I had my keepers I decided the way to sort those were no longer by years but by category. One pile for each of my children, one for pictures of them together, one for my family, one for my husbands family, vacations, etc. You get the idea. I then purchased an acid free photo storage container (IRIS Extra Large 4 x 6 Inch Photo Keeper- picture below) Amazon two pack on sale now for $34. Also found at Michaels in the craft section. Each box within the large box holds up to 100 4X6 photos.
Now that I had my photos sorted by category, all duds discarded, I then had a starting point for scanning into the computer. While these storage boxes are relatively small and easy to store, I will hang on them for now.
Since this scanner is quite small it is easy to scan photos at a desk or sitting watching tv. I would suggest scanning about 30-40 at a time. Once scanned, plug the Doxie into your USB port on your computer and locate your scans. This way if one of your pictures did not scan properly, it won't be difficult to rescan. Making the same folders in your computer's photo program will continue to keep your photos organized in the cloud.
Now your photos are organized at home and in the cloud. Photo books await...happy scanning!