Hello! Glad to see that you’re back and ready to continue with this next step.
To recap, let’s look at what you’ve accomplished so far:
- Created your working folder structure that will help keep you organized for many years to come.
- Gathered your devices, copied the photos into a temporary folder and backed it up so the originals are safely tucked away for the short term (in case of any boo boos).
- You also deleted the photos from your device(s) so you have lots of space again to take more photos!
Wow, that’s a lot. Give yourself a hug for sticking with it. You’ve accomplished what most people don’t even attempt: creating a great foundation for organizing success. You’re on your way to eliminating stress and confusion so you can enjoy your photos the way you want. Kiss guilt and anxiety goodbye!!
So let’s get started. You’ll find this part of the series to be very freeing.
Copy Files to Your Vacation Folder
In Step 1, you set up a 2016 Vacation folder, or whatever else you named it. Mine is named “2016-03 Viking River Cruise.”
Simply COPY the files from your “temporary folder” into the Vacations folder. This is where you’ll do the rest of your organizing.
The “temporary folder,” as previously mentioned, will be there in case you accidentally delete some photos you want to get back (even though you could also retrieve them from the “Trash”). I just find it quicker and easier to grab a file from there versus getting it from the “Trash.” It is also great to have if you want or need to start over during the file renaming step of this series.
Now you’re ready to eliminate picture clutter.
What is Picture Clutter?
It’s what you end up with when you store every photo you’ve ever taken without being selective with them. Do you really need five pictures of a landscape that are nearly identical? A picture of your shoes? Thirty pictures of the same people at the same birthday party? Or a shot of something you have no idea what it is? The answer is No! Continue reading Organizing Your Digital Vacation Photos Series-Step 3: Master the Art of Eliminating Picture Clutter