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You're Not Behind Since It's Not a Race

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This is the time of year people start thinking about resolutions for the New Year. One of my perpetual resolutions is to get "caught up" on processing and sorting our family photos.

You read that correctly. Even though I sort and organize photos for other people and make scrapbooks and photobooks for them, my own photos are not all perfectly organized and edited (yet).

I got my first digital camera in 2002, and back in those days I didn't do much with the photos other than dump them onto the computer periodically to make space on my memory card. I've got years of old photos that I need to cull and edit to make them shine. 

In fact, 2012 is the first year I started working on photos soon after I took them and got on a regular schedule of downloading and sorting them.  I retroactively tackled 2009 - 2011, but for every other year I have work to do.

I'm not worried or stressed about this. There's no "Photo Police" waiting to arrest me because my Germany trip photos from 2003 were never printed or put in an album. There's no Scrapbook Jail cell waiting for me because I haven't made a wedding album.

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One of my 2014 resolutions is to have "Photo Organization Fridays" where I take an hour (or two, if I'm lucky) to go through old photos. Just a little bit at a time, and I'll make progress. After that I'll make scrapbooks for some events as well as photo yearbooks. I think this is a more realistic way to make progress than stressing myself out constantly about "being behind".  

I think of it this way: every trip, birthday, or month of kid photos I organize is like a gift to us - a surprise from the past.  And who doesn't love fun surprises?

Do you have any family-photo-related resolutions? If you'd like an easy way to finally get that baby album or wedding album finished, get started now!

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