Start Anywhere


One of the most common issues I hear from people wanting to get a handle on their photo collections is “I just don’t know where to start.” It’s very easy to get stuck in analysis-paralysis. Don’t spend too much time trying to figure out the best system for tackling such a large project. That’s time you could be spending on the project itself. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter. Don’t get me wrong – I have lots of strategies that I use to help people organize, protect and share their photos (and the stories behind them) as efficiently as possible. What I’m saying is – exactly where you start isn’t the point.

Pick somewhere that’s important to you: an upcoming family event (like a milestone birthday) and focus on that. You’ll feel better if you are working on the most relevant, meaningful tasks, rather than slogging thru your in-law’s vacation slides from 50 years ago (sadly this was not just a random example but Oh, it’s good to be done with that task too!).

Set yourself up for success. Once you have a small but important part of your photo life in good shape, you’ll be inspired to do more. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts by the smiles, tears and gratitude those newly accessible photos bring forth. And it’s a pretty sweet reward.


  1. Very good idea on how to tackle what can be a huge undertaking!

    • Kathy Rogers says:

      Thanks Lynne. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m sure you also see first hand just how overwhelming it can be for people.

  2. I love starting with something that’s meaningful and has an immediate reward. That is truely brilliant!

  3. Kathy Rogers says:

    Thanks Phillip. I’m all about setting people up for success!

  4. Well written with an encouraging perspective.

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