Take Ten-Photo Organization Update!

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Take TenTM-Improve your life ten minutes at a time!

This past week’s ten minute a day project for me was organizing and backing up the photos on my computer. I love using my camera and with all the photos I take for the blog, my “Pictures” library gets filled very quickly.

I had so many unorganized photos that I ended up not only spending ten minutes a day this week, but a couple of hours on Saturday getting everything organized. I’ve come up with a plan to prevent this nightmare from happening again. 


Make General Folders

I created general folders within the Pictures Library labeled FAMILY and BLOG because I want to keep these photos separate.


Use Categories Within Folders

Maybe I’m weird, but I prefer to store my photos in categories rather than by date so I can find them more easily. I tend to remember “Florida Beach Vacation” more easily than the date we actually took the vacation.

In the BLOG folder I created categories that match the categories on my website. Photos for recipes go in the FOOD folder, home decorating projects go in the Home Improvement folder, etc. (In case you’re wondering, the BUTTONS folder is for the photos I use in the navigation buttons of my website.)

In the FAMILY folder I created general folders for each year (2008, 2009, etc.). Within the year folder, the folders have dates but also have categories like “Joe’s Birthday” or “Fieldtrip to Columbus”.


File Photos Immediately

My plan is to file photos into the proper folder EVERYTIME I upload them from my camera. I have a very bad habit of uploading photos, taking the one I want to use and leaving the rest wallowing in the pit of disorganization. Doing this little bit of maintenance now will save me big headaches later.


Create a Routine

I will also add Photo Organization to my weekly plan so that anything that has slipped through the cracks gets taken care of promptly.


Apply the Principle 

Perhaps photo organization isn’t a problem area for you, but you can apply the same principle to other areas of your life. What is the one thing (or more than one!) that routinely piles up and causes you to feel overwhelmed? What do you avoid dealing with until you finally give in and spend hours trying to fix it, clean it or organize it? This is the area that needs to become a part of your regular routine.

The weekly Take TenTM ten minute projects can help to get you started on those large, overwhelming projects, but to avoid having “large projects” begin to incorporate daily and weekly routines into your life to take care of them while they are small projects.


Now that the photo problem is taken care of, I’ll be spending ten minutes a day this week on a writing project.

Would you like to join me in a ten minute a day project this week?

Choose an area you want to change or a project you have procrastinated on starting.  When you decide what your Take TenTM project will be, you can leave a comment on this post to let us know what you’re planning–the more the merrier!

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  1. says

    I take photos daily and yet I’m so disorganized in organizing them on my computer. I end up searching and searching to find one single photo I know is there …somewhere. Thank you for sharing this post. I may need to now take some time (probably more than 10 minutes though) to get organized.


  2. Mary says

    I hate housework mainley because there is just TO MUCH STUFF in our house. The stuff is ours & all our adult childrens that no longer live here. We also have things that are our twin 11 month old grand sons who we watch every day. My 10 minutes each day this week will be spent in the garage which is so cluttered you can bearley walk. My daugher & the twins are moving back in with us & she is bringing her new washer/dryer so we HAVE TO make room in the garage. I would take a picture but I am to embarrassed.

  3. says


    I worry that my computer will get too overloaded with pictures over time. Is that a problem? I’m, obviously, not very technological, and I’ve been putting off dealing with the digital world of pictures. I have learned that a LARGE digital frame is a great way to enjoy the most recent or not so recent photos. When it was actual photos, I put them in an album immediately. I wish I had seriously purged photos before I did that. One of my goals is to shrink down to a lot fewer albums someday. Thanks for your wonderful website! Cindy

  4. Cindy Doll says

    I just organized my pictures last week….but I needed the help of my photographer daughter to get started. :-) Many of mine were filed by date, some by subject, also had other family members pictures of the same events-it was an overwhelming task. I like your idea of the 10 min. approach as I spent many hours on it and was weary by the end. Thankfully I have a handle on them, but now I have to keep it up! I just found your website a few weeks ago and have really be enjoying your tips.. I teach during the school year and have been using the summer to get organized. Thanks for your great ideas.

    • says

      Hi Cindy! I was a teacher for several years and I know what you mean about using the summer to get organized. It seems like the school year was so busy, that everything else was left undone. Good luck!

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