Thrifty Thursday: Affordable Photo Organization

Here is the problem: boxes of ancestral family photos and piles of papers hither, thither and yon…

I’ve decided that, ultimately, I want to organize my photos into large, cloth-covered notebooks- but for now I just need a way to get them out of boxes and into hanging files, divided by family lines. Since this will be a temporary filing system, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it, but at the same time, I want my photos in an acid-free environment while I’m sorting them all.

A couple of days ago I stopped into a nearby OfficeMax. For barely over $6.00 I picked up a package of six little filing boxes. To this I simply added a box of hanging file folders (store brand) and a box of 200 acid-free sheet protectors (also store brand). By just using a couple of pieces of rolled up scotch tape (you could use 2-sided tape if you have it), I positioned one sheet protector on the (interior) backside of the hanging folder- with the white-bar side of the sheet protector at the top so I can easily write on it with a sharpie whose photos are in that file. Then of the other (interior) side of the hanging folder I positioned and taped another sheet protector with the clear edge at the top. Now I can safely rest my photos in these temporary acid-free files while I sort and get them ready to go into their own surname notebooks.


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2 Responses to Thrifty Thursday: Affordable Photo Organization

  1. Diane Hewson says:

    Great Hint. I have so many photos that I need to store in a better environment. thanks

  2. Jim says:

    Welcome to Geneabloggers.

    I have so many old photos I really need something inexpensive like this to get me organized.

    Regards, Jim
    Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

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