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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-12-12

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recorded monthly for her in such a
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Tracy White, editor-in-chief of the
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easy steps you can take your photo-
graph collection from chaos to order.
Of course, Rome, or at least an
organized photo album of your vaca-
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"Don't expect to get a photo organiz-
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Ann T. Sullivan, president of the
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Services. "Set up in a workspace that
you can leave undisturbed for a
while. Schedule a time once a week
or so for you to make progress,
involve the kids, put on some music
— make it fun."
First, collect all photos from mis-
cellaneous hiding places and put
them in a designated work space.
Separating pictures into categories
comes next. "How you do this
depends on how you process things,"
said White. "Maybe you want to do
categories like your children, your
husband's family, special vacations.
Then you can edit those into man-
ageable groups." You may do all fami-
ly celebrations in one album, or an
album by decade or a single special
event. Put novelty and oversized pic-
tures, such as school and family por-
traits and panoramic shots, in a sepa-
rate category. Antique and heritage
photos can also go in a separate pile.
Do some editing. Don't be afraid to
throw bad pictures away and pull out
Label the pictures in each category,
using a soft graphite pencil or photo
Figure out a storage system that
works for you. Albums or photo
boxes are good options, but be sure
the system is acid free and won't dete-
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Don't get overwhelmed. "Once you
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keeps a few different types of albums
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