Monthly Archives: December 2013

Photo Organizing – A Good New Year’s Resolution!

I recently had someone ask me if  a professional organizer was like a hair stylist, stating that they do fantastic work on styling someone’s hair but their hair style usually isn’t the best (her words and no disrespect to hair stylists). I was happy to reply that although my home is not picture perfect with beautiful, expensive organizing products, everything has a place and 98% of the time, everything is put back in its place.

Most people think that professional organizers want you to get rid of everything, but we have collections also.  I have a pretty substantial collection of CDs, and I know they can be digitized onto my computer,  I don’t want to get rid of them. As long as I own a small CD player, I will keep my CD collection.  The collection doesn’t take up a lot of space the way I have them organized and containerized.

So when I started looking around my home, I found one project that I have neglected organizing is my massive collection of photos.  I have them semi-organized, but the system could use some improvement.  One positive thing about my collection is that it is organized in some fashion. I have photos on negatives, smart media cards, disks and USB drives. I have them in photos albums and, I hate to admit, just piled into into photo boxes. 

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I don’t keep a lot of photos on my camera, smartphone or computer.  I read that the memory card in your camera has a life span. Most recently, I really try to transfer all photos I take to a USB drive.

Since I make memory books, I  print photos at home and  I also take advantage of the online photo printer services like Shutterfly when I want to create an album for someone else. When I’m in a hurry to get the photos, I’ll upload them to Walgreen’s so I can pick them in an hour or so.  It’s cheaper to print a large quantity with a photo service provider than printing at home.

With so many printed photos – a lot of duplicates and bad photos –  I’m seeking help in getting those better organized. I found this Ideabook on organizing photos on Houzz.  Let me get started.  I’ll show you the end result.  If you have a great system, send me your ideas.

Upgrading Your Electronics? Recycle the Old One!

The EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) suggests:recycle electronic symbol

Before Donating or Recycling Your Used Electronics
  • For your computer or laptop, consider upgrading the hardware or software instead of buying a brand new product.
  • Delete all personal information for your electronics.
  • Remove any batteries from your electronics, they may need to be recycled separately. http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm
Where to Recycle
Corporate and charitable organizations will recycle your electronics for you. If the organization is not located in your community, you may be able to find one that will pay for shipping.
You may already know that Staples will recycle your empty ink cartridges and toners and give you back $2.00 in Staples Rewards, but did you know they will recycle other electronics?  Follow this link to find a list of what items they accept:

 

Tis the season to be jolly and charitable, therefore, you may consider donating your used electronics.  The American Institute of Philanthrophy  – now CharityWatch can ‘help you give wisely to charity.’ They offer some tips for donating your old cell phone.

 

Along with The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NACDV), you can help save lives and the environment.

 

Operation Gratitude sends care packages to our military personnel. Recycled cell and smart phones, Ipods and Ipads will help them in their effort.

 

Each organization offers guidelines on how to recycle on their website. Are you aware of other organizations that accepts recycled electronics? Please let us know.
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