3 Ways to Safely Store Your Photos

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In this day and age most of our photos are stored digitally on our phones and computers but, if you’re like me you have a HUGE pile of old photos and memorabilia that you inherited from parents and other family members.

Most of my moms photos have been stored in the same, harmful, albums since the 70’s and most of my nanas were just thrown in old shoe boxes. Once I had them all in the same place I transferred most of them to safer albums and photo boxes. Because of the high volume of photos I had, this took some time, but it was also very rewarding to have everything safe and organized.

I will breakdown and share my process with you in a future blog series. Subscribe to the Krafty Planner newsletter so you don’t miss a post.

The big question for today is, how do I safely store my photos for future generations?

3 Ways to Safely Store Your Photos

  • Photo Boxes: designed to safely hold and organize your photos. They normally hold 500-1,000, 4x6 photos or smaller and often come with divider tags and labels to help keep your filing system organized.

    They are available in lots of different colors, designs and sizes that will match any decor. Plus they're stackable! Which will save you tons of space when storing them. 

    Whichever boxes you choose always be sure they are 100% acid-free so they don't harm your photos over time. 

  • Display Them: I love seeing photos and cherished family memories throughout our home and I also love lots of sunlight. This is not a good combination because sunlight ruins your photos!

    To safeguard against this you should always make two copies, one to display and one to put in your album. Just be sure not to frame the only copy you have. 

    To protect your framed prints even further, hang them on a wall that doesn't receive a lot of direct sunlight throughout the day. 

  • Photo Albums: If your goal is to just get your photos into an album, this is what you want. This is my go-to when I know I won't have time to scrapbook a group of photos but still want them in an album. 

    They come in a huge variety of styles, colors, and sizes and not only hold all of your photos or scrapbook pages together but they keep them organized and protected at the same time.

    I love that many of the newer albums have a small space next to each photo to record a little information like names, dates, and places, which will be a great benefit for future generations!

    Want to know more about the different styles of photo albums? Sign up for the Preserve Your Photos Course below.


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