Musings of a Museum Fanatic

1.18.2017

Tips for Organizing Your Digital Photos


Organizing your electronic media can be a pain in the butt. I helped you get a start on your general electronic clutter before but now it's time to tackle most people's biggest offender, photos! I won't lie I can be really bad with photos sometimes. Now with cameras attached to our hands most of the times we take way more photos than we ever did in the past. Most people's photos are a crazy mess since photos tend to be on multiple devices. It's useless to have all those photos if you can't share or use them in the future.

1. Everything in one place. 
Don't just leave them on your devices!! Make a point of pulling them off on a regular basis. Take time to do it at least once a month, maybe even more depending on how many photos you take each month. If you're a person who takes tons of photos invest in an external hard drive to store just them. It's a pain having to check multiple hard drives and you computer as you mutter under your breath that you know you put that darn photo somewhere. Seriously I have stuff on multiple thumb drives and hard drives at the moment and it's chaos. Don't be like me, be monogamous and put it all in one place.

2. Set up a specific folder system
I've discovered that the more specific I can get with my foldering system the easier it is to find what I'm looking for. For the longest time I was just putting stuff in a year folder then breaking it up by seasons. This was ok but I was still scrolling through hundreds of photos in each season folder. Since then I've realized that it's still good to break it up by year but I need to be more specific with the sub-folders.

There are always those events that you just end up taking tons of photos at, like the weekend up at Kevin's parents lake cottage or at the AC/DC concert. Within the year folders I'll make sure to give those events their own specific folders with the date! The date is really important, it helps you remember when these memorable events happened.

With my blog photo folder I've been breaking down into topics then specific post folders. Such as "Recipes" then "Taco Ring". This helps especially if you're not working on the specific post right away, it makes it so much easier to go back and find the photos you took during dinner a month ago!

3. Delete
No I'm not suggesting you delete photos you actually like. I'm talking about that accidental photo you took of someones leg as you were pulling the camera out of your purse or that one where you and all your friends weren't ready for the shot.

Why keep photos like those that you're never going to share or even look back on? That's right don't keep them! Plus this will open up more room for more photos that you actually care about and you won't have to wade through tons of excess photos.

4. What's in a Name
I'm not gonna lie this is one that I have a really hard time with it because it can be time consuming and there is no way to really do it quickly. You should really be renaming your photos especially if you're using them on your blog (that's a different post for another day). By naming them logically you make it so much easier to find in the future. Yeah I remember that Easter at Grandma's when I was little. Hmmmm I didn't put it in the logical folder but I can now find it because I changed the title on the photos to Easter at Grandma's 1995.

5. Back That Thang Up
Yes I know I said earlier to have them all in one place but this is after you've organized them in that one place. You should always have a back up. Life happens and stuff breaks. I've had hard drives die on me, lucky for me my brother was able to pull almost everything of the broken drive but I won't always be lucky and neither will you! Have a hard drive that is just a back up. Don't work with the photos from that drive. You plunk them on there when the photos are done being organized and that's it. 

I also would recommend invest in cloud back up as well. There are several great options like Dropbox or Google Drive. It's better to be too prepared and be backed up in multiple places rather than in just one place. Also don't leave any files, photos or documents, on thumb drives as storage. Those are less stable than a large hard drive. 

What do you photo files look like? Do you already have a system in place or are they in need of some serious organization?


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1.16.2017

A House Tour through our Walls

I know a lot of bloggers enjoy doing tours of their houses to share on their blogs for a personal look into their lives. I thought about that but that would require me to actually having the entire apartment cleaned and organized all at once. If you know me that it quite a feat, one which I am still working to accomplish! Since I knew I probably wouldn't be able to accomplish that I set myself to thinking of what the next best this would be. 

A look at our walls! I feel that the walls are the perfect place to show your personality and fun but it's out of the way and not taking up room. 


I love the gallery wall Kevin put up when we moved in. As you can see the G on the upper right is a lovely share a blue ... it started out a bright turquoise!!


A couple years ago I made the Glenn sign at a local Color Me Mine as a gift for Kevin for an anniversary. It does seem like most of the tiles are about Kevin but I used scenes that represent both of us and our enjoyments.



That moment when you realize that your photos are totally askew! Whoops.


This photo collage is the gift Kevin gave me for our first Christmas together. I remember being impressed that he thought of the idea all on his own and carrying it out without any help from his mom or anyone else!


So the above collage was Kevin's first present to me, this was my first to Kevin. While I was interning at the Chicago History Museum they had a sale of images that were printed but never sold and other such items. When I saw this early photo of Soldier Field I knew it would be perfect!


Before our wedding I showed a close family friend a Disney fine art painting that I was in love with. Much to our surprise she painted us our own inspired by that one. It feels very adult to have our own one of a kind piece of artwork.





We have a number of other wall art pieces and photos hanging all over the place, I think the post would be twice as long if I shared them all! The last one I want to share is by far my favorite piece of wall art. For our wedding my mom and I made a photo collage of Kevin and I with a large piece of mat around the edge that served as our guest book. I absolutely love walking by every day and seeing the love of family and friends.




Thanks so much for stopping by! You can also join me on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest. In addition to life-capades and doing it for yourself, I love all things 'real life' so use the hashtag #museumfanatic on social media so I can see your beautiful unstaged life. Oh and on the top of the side bar to your right, you can follow me on Bloglovin or on social media to be alerted to each new post!