I started this project by taking down the boxes of photos hidden in the back of my closet. This is a collection of beat-up shoe boxes that have survived every move I've done since 18. The contained random photos from when I was a baby up through mid college, when I stopped using disposable cameras and everything went digital. Throw in a collection from Logan to make things extra complicated and my task grew. So I started organizing. I am a chronological girl when it comes to photos. I started creating piles for each age range as best as I could tell. Unfortunately, I have a hard concept when it comes to ages of children, even when the child is me. A kid could be 4 or 12 for all I know. Just creating these piles, not even touching a book took me about 3 evenings.
Next I started organizing my digital catalog. iPhoto is one of the many reasons why I LOVE my MacBook. It is so easy to organize your photos. First I lumped all my photos into albums by year.
Then I divided out all of the photos into events within that year.
Again, I have not even touched a photo album yet and am now a week into the project! After all the photos were organized it was time to get started. I went with the physical photos first. I created photo albums, while trying to keep as close to the chronological order as possible. I devoted a few albums just to vacations. I also created a book to keep all the photos, bibs and medals from the various races that Logan and I have participated in. This process took roughly 2 more evenings. (Each evening session lasted about 3 hours.)
|Isn't it beautiful?|
|This is my favorite book:|
It is a collection of photos of our sweet puppy, Mallory.
|This is it. After all my hard work, my life can fit into two|
shelves on the bottom of my bookcase.