VadimGuzhva Bigstock.com Family PhotosLet’s face it, it’s hard to get much done during the holidays. Our precious free time is taken up by parties, travel, shopping, mailing cards, friends and family dropping by for a cup of wassail, and all that other holiday fun. With so much on our plates during the season, it can be easy to feel at loose ends once the holidays are over. If you’re looking for a fun and productive hobby project to get you through these cold winter months, let the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton help you organize all those family photos that you have around the house, with some handy tips from the Kansas City Public Library!

  1. First, gather all your digital photos. There’s no sense doing a project like this in batches. If you prepare to knock it all out at once, it will not only go faster, but everything will end up a lot more organized. Pull all the digital photos from your phone, your tablet, your digital camera, and anyplace else they might be hiding and get them all into one place before you start arranging them.
  1. Next, find all the physical photos that you have. If you really want to organize your photos and avoid duplication, you’ll need to gather them all in the same spot. That means dusting off photo albums, going through boxes, whatever it takes.
  1. Sort through all the photos and arrange them. You can use just about any system of arrangement you want, whether it’s date, location, who’s in the picture, whatever suits your style. If you’re using a computer to sort digital photos, you can put them into folders. If you’re sorting physical copies, shoe boxes will work to keep them separated.
  1. Choose the photos you wish to digitize and save. Not every photo will necessarily make the cut, especially if you have a lot of duplicates. That blurry photo of cousin Jim’s wedding—the one with part of your thumb in the top of the frame—probably doesn’t need to be immortalized, after all.
  1. Select how you’re going to digitize them. There are lots of options. You can pick up a digital flatbed scanner pretty cheaply and scan the pictures yourself. That can take a lot of time, though, and if you don’t think you have the patience for it, professional photo digitization services can do it for you. A word to the wise, however: be sure that you’re choosing a reputable service. After all, these are your cherished memories that they’re handling.
  1. Make a backup file. These photos represent a lot of memories—and, if you scanned them yourself, a lot of work—so be sure that you create a backup file in case something happens to the original.
  1. Send copies to everyone. That’s one of the joys of digital photos, after all. They’re easy to store and even easier to send, and you just know that your kids and grandkids want to see pics from that ’74 trip to the Grand Canyon!
  1. Preserve the originals. Just because you’ve got digital copies of all your photos, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to part with the originals. Instead, consider moving them into newer photo albums or storage boxes that incorporate acid-free sleeves and other materials that can help keep your memories safe. That’s another project in itself, but spring doesn’t arrive until March 20, so you’ve still got some time.

Cherished family photos aren’t the only things that you can scan, digitize, and preserve, either. You can do the same thing with letters, greeting cards, and lots more.

Whatever memories you want to keep safe, there’s no better place to make new ones than the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton, MO! To learn more, just give us a call at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form today!