I have always really struggled to find a successful method for organizing our family photos. There just does not seem to be any point in time that doesn't feel too overwhelming to tackle this project. But I think I've got a new multipurpose idea that will help with this important task.
My children love to look at photos. They love seeing themselves when they were little and they love reliving recent events through my cell phone photo album. But I really don't want all of our photo storage to be in the cloud. I also don't really want my children's only access to photos to be through a screen.
So I came up with an activity I'm calling "Us Lately." I print a series of photos that highlights what we've been up to the last few weeks. I put them in a basket with magnets for my children to arrange on our refrigerator. They can arrange and re-arrange these however they want. When they are finished reviewing these, they go into a photo album for storage. Then I print the next most recent batch of wonderful memories.
The great thing about this is it keeps me on a regular schedule of
1. Uploading photos to print (Shutterfly offers free 4x6 prints via their app, you only pay for shipping.) So they are stored digitally.
2. Printing photos I love, so they are ultimately stored in a photo album.
3. A revolving reminder of our daily lives that is interactive and tangible. (this one is priceless.)
It isn't a perfect system and it certainly isn't comprehensive. But as our memories grow more and more rapidly by the day, I feel it's important to start somewhere in the archival attempt and most importantly, give my children a regular opportunity to appreciate the captive nature of photos, while also not feeling stressed or anxious about how it is all getting organized.
We can enjoy them and then we can put them away.
Big thanks to my own mom for printing us some recent photos, which inspired this idea! :)
I have two young sons, ages six and four. From pregnancy and beyond, they have been mirroring back to me more than I ever could have dreamed of learning about myself and my own growth. As we grow together through this life, I hope to always mirror back to them the same inspiration, strength, and wonder they have shown me.