3 Ways to Store Your Print Photo Collection

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photo collagePhotos are a fantastic way to capture memories of family picnics, birthday celebrations, evenings out with friends, and simple, everyday moments.

But where do you store your photo collection once printed? Preserve each snap for years to come with these three storage solutions.   

1. In Photo Boxes 

An average-sized photo storage box (11.2 in. x 7.8 in. x 4.5 in.) can store a little more than 1,000 photos. If you have a large collection, one or more storage boxes might make the most sense for you. As you stack photos inside the box, consider the following to help you quickly find your favorite moments in the future: 

  • Sort into smaller groups. Group photos from the same year, the same event, etc. together. Form your own system, and stick with it!
  • Add in divider tabs. Use divider tabs to clearly mark the start of a new photo group. Mark these tabs by year or overarching group theme.
  • Keep in chronological order. Add an additional layer of organization. Sort photos within each group by year and month taken.

2. In Photo Albums 

Depending on their size, photo albums can store anywhere from a handful of photos to hundreds. They also sell cover designs for every interest and personality. 

If you have a smaller, more carefully curated photo collection you want to store, albums might be the best option. They offer an opportunity to view the images in full without having to sift through sections or stacks.

3. In Scrapbooks 

For those that prefer an album view with a bit of pizazz, capture memories and the context behind them in a scrapbook. Scrapbooks make great gifts and are a fun way to visually display photos in a custom fashion. 

Quick Tip: As you piece together your creations consider displaying photos within photo tabs to minimize damage to your prints. If you must use glue, always use acid-free to avoid discoloration or premature aging.

Store in a Climate-Controlled Setting 

Whichever storage method you choose, make sure photos are climate-controlled. The Library of Congress cites the optimal storage for photographs to be between 30% and 40% humidity at room temperature (40°F) or below to retain image quality. 

Keep these conditions in mind as you select the room or self-storage solution to house your photo collection. 

What is your favorite way to store photos? Share with us in the comment section below. 

Image Source: martinak15 under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

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