Take a look at your phone’s camera roll. How many photos do you have? 1,000? 5,000, 14,830? I know I’m not the only one…
It’s the most convenient way to take photos, and add in the ability to screenshot and you’re talking about major storage usage on your Iphone. A lot of my pictures include projects that we are working on, funny memes that I screenshot to send to my husband, and endless amounts of cat pictures— mainly because who can blame me.. Hamilton Hearin is the cutest orange tabby I’ve ever seen!
Lately when I’ve looked back for THAT ONE specific picture, I have felt so overwhelmed scrolling through to find what I am looking for- it’s ANNOYING!
So, I decided it was time to tidy up my photos. If you're in the same boat, here are some tips and tricks for keeping the photos on your phone organized!
1. Declutter Your Photos
Okay, straight up… this is going to suck. BUT just know that when it is over, you’ll be all caught up.
Don’t try to do it all at once. Here’s the best way to tackle: Find a time that you’re typically on your phone everyday. Set an alarm labeled “Photo Clean Out” for that time (daily). When your alarm goes off daily, set a time, and go to town on deleting those that are blurry, duplicates, screenshots you don’t need, or anything that you can live without.
Do this until you’re all caught up. It will take some time, but it will be worth it!
2. Create Albums
The next step to organizing your photos is to sort them into ‘Albums’. File them away for what works best for you! For me, I file away by the month the photos were taken and by occasion.
Also, if you like to edit your photos, create an album titled, ‘To Edit’ and file away your photos you plan to edit there. This way when you have the time, you can go back and edit these already selected photos and you’ll have a plan of what you will share next
‘Shared Albums’ are also a great feature for special events or occasions with family or friends. It’s an easy way to share photos with multiple people instantly.
3. Create a Routine (Habit!)
Weekly- Delete photos you don’t think twice about and “favorite” the ones you do. (This is after the initial declutter that I talked about in Step 1)
Monthly- Organize photos taken from the previous month and file them away in your categorized albums.
Yearly- Once your photos are organized into albums, start thinking about using them as gifts or yearly photo projects.
4. Create Photo Books
Speaking of photo projects, there are countless apps where you can upload your photos and create physical printed photos books.
There’s just something so satisfying about flipping through the pages of a book rather than scrolling on a screen. Save the space on your phone for more fun memories and you’ll notice you are more likely to look at a coffee table book than scrolling on your phone. Nothing like going to show someone a picture and making them stand there and wait as you scroll…
Here are a few of the apps that work for creating a photo book:
5. Back it up!
I can not stress this enough. If you don’t use the cloud, i suggest you upload your photos frequently to an app like Google Photos. I have witnessed someone who lost their phone and didn’t back up their photos- they were devastated to say the least. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
I hope that you found these tips helpful! Remember, consistency is KEY and if you can get the clean up work finished, you’ll make this process a lot easier and will save yourself time, headache, and frustration the next time you go to look for a specific picture!