Declutter Digital Photos {15 Minute Mission}

Today's mission is to declutter digital photos, so in this situation declutter means delete.


Organize Photos Challenge
This mission is designed to be done while we're working on the Organize Photos Challenge, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

Obviously I'm not asking you to do a mass purge and erase lots of precious memories. Instead, I'm wanting you to think about the fact that digital files can, in fact, be clutter.

There was a time when we saw digitizing everything as "the answer" to almost every problem with paper clutter. Well, it certainly does help in certain instances, no doubt. BUT (sorry to shout, but I think this is important) now that we've got lots of digital files to manage we can see it brings its own set of problems and issues.

Types Of Digital Photos To Consider Deleting

Today get rid of some of your digital clutter and delete digital photos that are not very good. Here are suggestions for the types of photos to delete:
  • Blurry

  • Random accidental clicks, such as pictures of your thumb, the ceiling, etc.

  • Those that are extremely unflattering

  • Duplicates or several that are quite similar, just keeping the best one

  • Delete down huge numbers from an event to the best of the best
The benefits of this are significant. First, it can clear up memory space on your computer or in your backup. Second, and more important, it will now be so much easier for you to find and enjoy the really good pictures once you've gotten rid of the duds.

Make Deleting Digital Photos A Habit

Depending on how many digital photos you've got this mission can take more than fifteen minutes. That's OK.

In all situations like this just work on it for 15 minutes at a time, and feel proud of what you accomplish. Working in small amounts, over time, really does get you results. You can even do this while listening to fun or relaxing music, or while watching television.

It is important to do this task regularly from now on, as consistently as you take photos.

It is cheap and easy to take lots of photos these days, so we do. But you need to get in the habit of culling down your photos as quickly as you take them so you keep the best and delete the rest!

Below I'm going to remind you of a couple more places to make sure you declutter, beside your computer, when doing this mission.

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Don't Forget To Declutter Photos On Your Camera & Phone As Well

When I discussed this mission above I specifically was discussing your digital photos on your computer, but the mission also applies to other devices where you've got digital photos.

So make sure to transfer all of your photos to your computer from such devices, including your smart phone and/or digital camera, and then delete from these devices as well.

It may be even easier to delete from these devices because once you've transferred the photos to the computer (and assuming your computer is regularly backed up!) you don't need to keep duplicate photos on these other devices.

So it may be as simple as doing a mass delete. Or you can do the same process you did on your computer and keep just a few special photos if you wish on these devices, although I would encourage you to keep far fewer on them than in your master computer photo files. I just know some people (including me) like to have a few extra special photos to show off to friends from your phone, for example.

The benefits of this are HUGE, especially when it comes to your smart phone. If you often run into trouble with your phone saying it cannot perform a function because it doesn't have enough memory, cull photos! That almost always helps!

Don't forget to delete photos from several albums, including your camera roll, Instagram folder, videos, and more.

Tell me in the comments how this mission is going for you. I'd love to hear!

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope this mission has gotten you excited to get rid of some of your digital clutter.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

Photo courtesy of scottjacksonx

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Comments for Don't Forget To Declutter Photos On Your Camera & Phone As Well

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How I organize my digital photos
by: Anonymous

I organize all of my digital photos by year, then month, then day (if I know the date - some of my old photos that I've digitized don't have exact dates). I also will label the folder with the event, if applicable. So in folder 2015, then folder July, there is a folder for 03 - Trip to Pittsburgh. Then I name the pictures by who is in it or what it is of. I also number them, so they are in order of when they were taken. So... 01 - Name and Name.jpg would be a picture. Makes it a lot easier if I need to search a folder. It is also time consuming though!

I use Dropbox on my phone and it automatically uploads any pictures I take to the Dropbox site. It makes it easier to transfer pictures to my computer where I can store them. Once the pictures are on my computer, I can delete them from my phone if I want. I also have an external hard drive that I use to backup all of my digital photos.

It works! Now to find more 15 minute segments of time!
by: Joan

When we recently had a power outage of about 45 minutes the only device that worked was my laptop. I used it to consolidate my memory device just to pass the time. I'm so surprised that it went from 258KB available to 9.78MG available space! It was just due to duplicated large files like pdfs and pictures. I always thought that I'd get bogged down if I tried to tackle my many memory devices but it was way easier than I anticipated. Making lemonade out of lemons, I am encouraged to take a few minutes every weekend to go through my digital documents and pictures to save my own sanity! lol

Digital sorting programs
by: Anonymous

Do you have any suggestions on programs that organize digital photos into date?

Back up
by: Marisa LoBretto

As a backup store your best photos on a thumb drive and put it in your safe or other secure area.

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