I don't like an unfinished project and it has bothered me for two years that this blog was left incomplete. We did complete the project of sorting our Family Photos shortly after my last blog post.
I have referenced this blog twice in the last week. This made me realize now is a good time to give it some closure. I have re-read all of my blog entries and here are my "End Notes":
One of the best decisions we made during my mother's downsize was to pack the family photos "as is" and deal with them at a later date. Photographs are irreplaceable. We were able to enjoy the time spent organizing them and weren't making rushed decisions.
Decide how you want to sort your photos and do a "gross" sort of that parameter. We decided to sort by year, so our gross sort was by decade. (In hindsight I would sort by Year and Season i.e., 2016 - Winter, 2016-Spring, 2016 - Summer, 2016 - Fall and so on. Our gross sort would still have been by decade)
Refine your gross sort one pile at a time. Obviously, we dealt with each individual decade refining it by year. If we had used my "hindsight sort" we would have then sorted each year by season.
Make sure all supplies are archive safe; acid, lignin and PVC free. And cutting apart cheap "brag books" was really a great way to get economical archive safe envelopes!
Do take the time to remove photos from albums that are not archive safe. It's a time consuming pain but well worth the effort.
Read Sundays With Sally for specifics of what I learned. It's not a long blog and I did stumble upon some good tips through trial and error.
Most importantly, enjoy the process!!!
Mother's Closet Before - Photo albums & boxes stored from move
Mother's Closet After - Photos sorted by year & stored in Archive Boxes
Personal Notes: We have gone into the boxes for photos and were easily able to locate what was wanted. This sort has worked well for our family. I am really glad I did this project with my mother while she is still in good health. We truly did "enjoy the process" with much laughter and a few tears. I would not trade one moment of my Sundays With Sally experience! It is now a treasured memory along with all of our Family Photographs.
I had a spinach salad for lunch.