Six Tips to Declutter Your Photographs

rose, rowdykittens, washington park, springPhotographs are a beautiful way to capture memories. However, collections of physical and digital photographs can create a lot of clutter quickly. For instance, at one time I had boxes full of old college- and work-related photos. Besides the fact that many of the photographs weren't very good, the boxes were taking up precious closet space.

And while taking digital photos are a great way to save closet space, but they can also clutter your digital world. Right now I have about 6,000 photos stored on flickr. But some are hard to find because I haven't tagged them appropriately.

To solve these problems, decluttering enthusiast Laura Love suggests following a basic set of photo rules.
She suggests taking "out one photo album (if you're working on your computer, do this one file at a time), and begin deleting photos."

I'm not advocating throwing out all of your photos, just keep the best.

Say goodbye to the following photographs:

1. Red shots, blurry landscapes, people, animals, and anything else you can find. If you're not sure what the photograph is, then it's time to let it go.

2. All photos with cut-off heads should be tossed.

3. Excess group photos of the same people.

4. Photos taken out of moving vehicles.

5. Photos of ex-partners. Break-ups are rough, even if they end on good terms. So if you aren't friends with your ex, don't hold his or her photograph.

6. Remember to back-up everything. Scanning your photos into some kind of digital format is essential. Once you've scanned everything in, back it up. Mozy is an inexpensive back-up service you can use for important photographs.

Remember good quality photos should be clear, crisp, and have no trace of red eye or blurriness.

As for what to do with remaining printed photos (or photos you plan to print out), rented Spaces has you covered. Check out these decorative methods to showcase your prized memories.

Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of Simply Car-free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life.

The Ace of Space is a biweekly column that will provide you with the tips and tools to live lightly and creatively in a small space.
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