Organizing your paper photos.


Pictures in frames hanging on an old wall

Have you run out of space for hanging your pictures?

Have you run out of space on your walls to hang your pictures? Many people have photos in boxes just waiting to have time to organize them.  Don’t wait for the perfect time or for a day when the weather is inclement. Schedule time to get started.

What to do first

As you look over the photos you may not be able to remember when you took the picture, the year or date.  Instead of organizing the photos chronologically think about using themes.  Sort your pictures into celebrations, vacations, family, friends, pets and homes etc.

Step two

Next, get rid of duplicates and out of focus pictures. Remove pictures where you don’t recognize the people or location.  Once you have your best pictures grouped you may want to write on the back the name of the people in the picture, year or location.

Step three

Now you can decide if you want to scan them, place them in boxes with dividers or scrapbook your photos. Scanning can be expensive so scan the best of the best. You can digitize them yourself by taking a picture of the photo with your phone and saving it to a folder on your laptop.

Hire a photo organizer 

Photo Organizers work with clients to sort through images, find connecting themes, and neatly catalogue and edit them into photo narratives and albums that clients are proud to share – now and for years to come. Association of Personal Photo Organizers

Need more help

Enjoy spending time with your memories. If you need help regaining control of your photos and memories, I am ready to take on the challenge.


Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, virtually using Zoom. She has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She uses her love of teaching to reduce clutter, in your home, office, mind and time. She guides and supports you to be accountable for your time, to complete projects and reach your goals. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Online courses are available to help instruct, coach and support your organizing projects. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

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  1. Janet Barclay on February 19, 2018 at 9:34 am

    I like that you encourage us to organize by theme rather than date. In most cases, that’s how we’ll remember events anyway when we want to find those photos – “that time we went to Florida” as opposed to “March break 2013.” I think this is one of the most enjoyable things to organize!

  2. Julie Stobbe on February 19, 2018 at 9:56 am

    When you organize by theme you can see stories develop. See all the vacations you have been on over the years and how the types of vacations you have taken changed. My favourite theme is looking at all the cars I have owned over the years stating with a red Javelin.

  3. Nancy Haworth on February 23, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Organizing by theme rather than chronologically is a great suggestion. Memories are often recollected by the event rather than the year. Thanks for sharing these tips.

    • Julie Stobbe on February 24, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Sometimes it is nice to see what happened in a year but often it is more fun to see how something has changed over time. Glad you enjoyed the post

  4. Olive Wagar on March 4, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    For most of us, the backlog of photos prevents putting it all together in exact chronological order! LOL So it is nice to be reminded that other ways work even better. And I am even OK with decorated theme storage boxes!! The few scrapbooks that I did make seem so bulky & heavy now.

    • Julie Stobbe on March 4, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Just tonight I was noticing my box of organized photos and the photo albums on the shelf below. I thought the same thing. That box takes up less space than those albums. I am glad I stopped making albums.

  5. Loretta Wilkins on August 2, 2023 at 9:21 am

    This came at a perfect time for us. We are downsizing and the photos have me swamped! Your suggestions lightened my load! Now I can get to it with a different mindset and realize we don’t need to keep pictures of every tree that has ever grown!

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