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We love looking back at photos of our family Christmas memories-how about you? Some years my five daughters would “pose” for pictures taken from the back showing their long hair. The bonus of these pictures was we didn’t have to wait for makeup to be applied. (If you have girls you know what I mean).

Other years they would sit on the couch and hold their feet in the air to show their cute Christmas socks. Here are some organizing ideas on organizing Christmas photos:

1. Get your photo album now-don’t wait until after Christmas.

2. Start sending those photos taken with your digital camera now, no need to wait until a roll is full.

3. When you get your photos back as you are looking at them, throw out any you don’t really like. It is okay to get rid of pictures that make someone look ugly or it is blurry or you just hate it. Don’t keep a photo that you will gag every time you see it! This will cut down on the amount of organizing and journaling you will have to do later. And it saves space in your photo album.

4. When you get the photos developed take a few minutes and put them in the album. By doing it a little at a time it will seem to go faster.

5. If you don’t have time to organize them within a couple of days, label them with an acid free pen made especially for labeling photos. You can also separate them by activity and put them in labeled envelopes so when you are ready to put them in an album part of the work is done.

6. The albums where you slip in the photos are great as it is fast to slip the photos in and they hold the memories in a dust free environment. The photos are all together so you can enjoy them now and not have boxes stored somewhere in your home. You can embellish the pages with stickers and other mementos.

7. The albums where you slip in the photos have glue between the sections for 4″ X 6″ photos. To put a larger picture or memento on a page simply loosen the glue and slip the photo in taking up the two spaces. Or with glue dots or double stick tape put the photo over the plastic.

8. As well as putting photos in your child’s book, make a Christmas photo album with the entire family.

9. If you have boxes of past photos don’t overload yourself with the project of getting them all done right away. Stop feeling guilty about having them in boxes instead of albums!! Work your way back through the years when you have the time, or when it is not holiday time and you can schedule a time to put them in albums. Start with the most recent photos first and work your way back through the years.

It is fun to look back at the albums that include photos of what each family member is doing on Christmas Eve, decorations in our home, concerts attended, and places we volunteered to mention a few. When the girls come home at Christmas that is a favorite thing they do-they get out the albums from the past 15 years and pour over them, laughing and remembering. It doesn’t have to be a hassle to create family holiday memories.

Marilyn’s Bio

Marilyn is a professional organizer who works with women and seniors in clearing clutter and providing organizing tips. Clearing clutter helps those she works with to have less stress in their lives and feel more joy in living.

Marilyn invites you to visit her website http://www.marilynbohn.com where you can find organizing solutions. You will find fun stories and free organizing tips in her blogs, articles and videos.

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