I had so much fun over these past few months in the trenches with all of you who participated in the Summer Shred Paper Declutter Challenge that I’m hosting another organizing challenge this fall. This time around, we’re tackling our digital photo collection during the 10 week Digital Photo Organizing Challenge!
What more appropriate week to kick off our challenge than this week, since this Saturday is Save Your Photos Day, right?
Even the most organized among us struggles with disorganization when it comes to our photos. Our digital photo collections are particularly problematic, since we take so many photos from so many different devices, without ever giving much thought to what images we will keep, where we will store them, and how we will ever retrieve them if we need them. Am I right?
As a photo organizer, I’ve helped many clients bring order to their digital photo chaos. I’d love to help you as well.
HOW WILL THE 10 WEEK DIGITAL PHOTO ORGANIZING CHALLENGE WORK?
For the next 10 weeks, I’ll publish a blog post that walks you through a specific step of the digital photo organizing process. At the end of the post, you’ll be given an assignment to complete during the week.
The topics for each week are as follows:
- Week 1 – Establish your hub
- Week 2 – Inventory your collection
- Week 3 – Create a Backup System
- Week 4 – Create your core file structure
- Week 5 – Sort
- Week 6 – Remove duplicates
- Week 7 – Rename
- Week 8 – Add Tags/Ratings
- Week 9 – Create a maintenance plan
- Week 10 – Celebrate and share
Unlike the paper declutter challenge, this challenge does require you to complete the assignments in the order in which they are assigned. Therefore, if you have a really busy week and aren’t able to complete the assignment, go ahead and complete it the following week, knowing that you’ll be a week behind. If it takes you longer than the 10 weeks to complete the Challenge, no worries. You’ll still reap the benefits of an organized photo collection that you can fully enjoy!
HOW DO I JOIN THE 10 WEEK DIGITAL PHOTO ORGANIZING CHALLENGE?
Choose any or all of the following options:
- Visit the Refined Rooms blog each Monday and check for the new post. You can comment and respond to comments, in order to connect with others who are completing the Challenge.
- Like Refine Rooms on Facebook and select “receive notifications“. I will always update the Facebook page immediately after a new Digital Photo Organizing Challenge post is up on the blog.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE 10 WEEK DIGITAL PHOTO ORGANIZING CHALLENGE?
As with any organizing challenge, there are three things that you can do to set yourself up for success.
1. Know Your “Why”
In order to sustain your motivation throughout the course of any organizing challenge, it’s critical that you focus on the reasons why you’re doing it in the first place. What are your goals for the end of the Digital Photo Organizing Challenge?
For some of you, it might be the peace of mind knowing that you’ve finally backed up your digital photo collection . For others, the goal might be to spend less time searching for important images for that photo book/gift that you want to create. Write down your vision for your newly organized digital photo collection at the end of the challenge. Refer to it when you feel your motivation waning.
2. Find a Challenge Buddy
Find a friend to do the challenge along with you. You will be so much more likely to follow through with the challenge assignments if you have an accountability partner who will be checking in regularly to see your progress. Challenge buddies can serve to encourage one another, and provide another perspective on how to approach an organizing challenge. It’s more fun than taking on the challenge alone!
3. Schedule Challenge “Appointments”
As with all organizing/decluttering tasks, you’ll need to make a firm commitment to making the weekly photo organizing assignments priority this fall. My best advice for your is to schedule appointments in your calendar each week in order to complete the challenge assignments. The length and number of appointments may vary, depending on the size and the current state of your photo collection. Treat those appointments as sacred.
4. Grab Your Free Digital Photo Organizing Resources
I’ve created the Digital Photo Organizing Tool Kit as a companion resource for Challenge participants. You can grab yours here.
So…Whose with me?
Leave a comment if you are accepting the Challenge!