Keeping Organized: Sorting out those older photos


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Now that you’ve got everything in order and in one place, it’s time to actually organize all of these photographs. Here’s a few steps from professional organizer Andi Willis.

First step is to decide how you’re going to categorize everything. Should you do it chronologically? Or based on specific scenarios, like vacation pictures in one pile and graduation pictures in another? The choice is completely up to you.

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Secondly, reduce the volume! If you have a lot of photos from the 80’s and 90’s, and maybe even earlier, you likely have a lot of duplicates. Andi says that simply getting rid of duplicates, and sometimes triplicates, can potentially reduce the gross volume of your collection by nearly a quarter.

Now it’s time to do your sort: If you’re going about it chronologically, set up piles by decade to place them in. Once you’ve done that, you can separate them by specific year and use a photo box purchased from any hobby story to keep things streamlined.

And always have a large wide space to spread out! You’ll thank yourself later for it.

For more suggestions on how to keep your life perfectly organized, you can also visit Andi’s website at