|On a roll with my first general sort of the family photos!|
My husband thought I should simply sort into 3 piles - Keep, Throw Out and Undecided. That doesn't work for me but if it works for you, use it!
Eventually I decided that I would start sorting the same way I use online search engines - in broad categories first, then refining the sort bit by bit.
Since I have been married three times (Divorce, death and current), it was easy to sort the photos into those different times of my life. I took 3 purple boxes and made a temporary label with the surname of each husband. I labelled a 4th box "pre-marriage". So I had 4 boxes that pretty much covered my entire life to the present day.
As I opened each box of miscellaneous photos, I quickly sorted keeping 3 objectives in mind:
1. Purge (garbage photos, blurry photos, photos of people I didn't know, etc)
2. Give to other family members
3. Put into my labelled acid-free boxes
It was amazing how quickly this job went! Keeping my box categories so broad was a huge help. I wasn't worried about who was in the photo, where it was taken, did I have multiple copies, etc. I was able to glance at a photo and determine fairly quickly what "era" it was - Marriage #1, #2 or #3
I'm not done but I'm 3/4 of the way through the first general sort. It's going to be fun to refine my sorting, one box at a time - that's going to be next.
I also had one larger acid-free box for 5x7 photos and 1 acid-free box for anything bigger than 5x7. The one thing I am going to add is one more box for my grandchildren' s photos. I'll share my sorting strategies for refining my first general sort in my next blog post.
Here are links to the previous blog posts about this project: