The Importance of backups: Keep those memories safe

I will admit I am not the best at backing up my pictures/scrapbooks etc., but it is VERY VERY important

Backing up items on your computer is super easy all it takes is a quick copy & paste

I would recommend backing up your items onto an external hard drive and storing it in a fire proof safe.  There are links below to go to where to buy good but inexpensive supplies.

The bottom line is you never know when your computer is going to crap out or something happens to your home.  You don’t want to lose those memories

Treat your photos and projects like fine jewelry, they need to be “safe” too

External Hard Drive

 

External hard drive (Click to go to website to buy)

http://www.target.com/p/wd-my-passport-1tb-hard-drive/-/A-13666072#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=external+hard+drive

Western Digital from target $79.99 for 1 terabyte.  (100 Gigabytes) that is a whole lot of pictures and scrapbook pages.  I have a western digital external hard drive and I love it, it’s been super reliable.

Safe

 

Chest safe from Sentry  (Click to go to the website to buy)

http://www.target.com/p/sentrysafe-fire-safe-black-chest/-/A-13063547#prodSlot=medium_1_38&term=Safe

I have 2 of these and they have been fantastic.  Although, I haven’t had a catastrophic to test them with, but that’s ok, hopefully they will never be “tested”.  I keep all of our important documents in our cases, the things that if they were lost or destroyed it would be a real pain to replace them.

Hope some of these ideas and examples are helpful to you.

What do you do to keep your memories and important documents safe?

Talk to you soon

-Stef

 

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Want help? I am here for you, see the organization maven at work

As you can tell I love love love organizing and a I do my best to stay organized both a work and at home.  What’s even better than keeping myself organized is helping others get organized.  I had a friend at work that recognized my love of organizing and mentioned to me that her basement was a disaster.  So naturally I offered to help her get it organized and under control.  After a little bit of convincing she finally took me up on my offer.

So we set up a time for me to stay with her for a weekend (before I was married and had a kid) and said “Let’s do this”.  So not knowing what I was getting into she opened the door to the basement and the stairs were full of stuff, mainly because she didn’t want to go downstairs into the mess.  I was not at all discouraged.  This is what I walked into.

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So then I came to the conclusion it was all about stations.  If anybody remembers the show on TLC called “Clean Sweep”, this was the approach I took. There were three piles to start, Keep, Sell, and Toss.  We categorized everything in the basement into those three categories and then we organized the keep pile.

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KEEP

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SELL

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TOSS

We decided where everything should go.  Christmas decorations in one spot, baby stuff in another spot.  We found “homes” for everything that she wanted to keep so that not only would she be able to find exactly what she was looking for, but it ended up being a place where her young son could go ride his bike because, as you can tell it was a huge basement!!

Here is what that huge basement looked like when we were done.

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This was  “baby land”  All of the things she wanted to keep from the time her son was born.

???Best part – Organized shelves!!!!

Want some help with your organization woes?  Whether it’s a basement, a closet, or a box of pictures, I am happy to help you with whatever you need!!!!

If you had to keep one thing organized in your life what would it be??’

Have a great day everybody

See you soon!!!

-Stef

Got Summer Pictures? – Here is what you do with them

Summer time is the time of year, next to the holidays, where we take a ton of pictures.  It’s the time of the year for those of us in the mid-west that we aren’t covered from head to toe in snow gear and the picture-taker can actually see our faces.   So because you took a gazillion summer pictures, what are you going to do with them???

In this digital age there is so much you can do with pictures.  Coffee mugs, mouse pads, posters, books, you name it you can make it with pictures.

This first question to anybody that takes a picture is, “What do you do with your pictures?”

GOAL #1: Get the pictures off of your camera/phone and get them organized.

I am pretty good with getting my pics from my camera organized but am bad about my phone.  It’s important to set aside some time to get your pictures organized.  If you do a little bit at a time it will seem like less daunting of a task.

You have to decide what time of photo organizer you are.  Are you a Digital Organizer  or a Printed Organizer?

Printed Organizers

I personally recommend getting your pictures printed wherever it is the cheapest and most convenient for your needs.   Options are Shutterfly, Target, Walgreens, or any other store that has a photo department.  Have the pictures delivered to your home or pick them up in store.

If you do print invest in some good storage boxes and organize by year or occasion, whatever works best for what your goals are.

The one thing that I have to stress to no end is make sure you have an Acid Free box to store your pictures in.  DO NOT get the cheap cardboard like photo boxes.  Because they are not acid free they could harm your photos.  Therefore, they are not appropriate for long-term storage.  However, if you are printing a bunch of photos for a project weekend that is coming up and you just need to transport your prints then okay, use the cheap box.

Here is a great storage container at the Container Store that you can store up to 1,200 photos with each of the 12 cases holding 100 photos each.  Perfect for project based storage.

12CasePhotoStorageCarrier_x

 

Digital Organizers

There are a couple of ways or organize your photos on your computer.

I use Memory Manager software from Creative Memories, but using Windows explorer is just as good.  It’s all about getting the photos in a spot or organized in a way that makes sense for what you want to accomplish.

Windows Explorer Example

windows Explorer

 

Organizing your photos is a very time consuming task, but it can also be the most fun.  Fun??  How can i say this is fun?  Face it you are looking at old pictures, maybe they are a year old or they are 25 years old.  The picture was taken to capture a memory and it’s fun to reminisce about that time when the picture was taken and sharing the story about that time.   It’s fun to go down memory lane and if you organize your photos a little bit at a time you get to visit that fun place more often!!!!

 

It’s Back to School Season – time to get organized

Ever since I was in school I always looked forward to school supply shopping and getting everything organized.  I would pack, unpack, and re-pack my backpack at least 5 times before school actually started.  It was my most favorite thing about school.  So when I completed my MBA I was a little sad because I wouldn’t get to go school supply shopping anymore.  NOT TRUE.  Back to school season is my new year!!  It’s time to get new “supplies” and get organized and make big things happen.

Like I mentioned in my last post I got my organization notebook, which is basically going to be my life this year.  After showing my book to my friend she wanted something similar for her family binder so I created her a “weekly plan”.  Be sure to check out her blog at http://cultivatingtrio.com/

Weekly Schedule

If you are like me and my friend if it doesn’t get written down it doesn’t get done.  However, it is important to not write down too much!  Here are a couple of tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your week!!

Don’t plan your week to the minute.

Too much planning will lead to failure (sorry to be blunt),  but think about it life happens, things don’t go according to plan, you need some down time and so on.  Be sure to give yourself a little down time and to a lot for LIFE.  It will make you feel much more accomplished.

Don’t Rush

At the end of the day if you rush through your tasks you will end up taking more time than if you just take your time.   I still have some work to do on this one both in my personal and professional life, but knowing where your shortfalls are is the first step.   QUALITY NOT QUANTITY!!!

Prioritization is your friend

There is nothing wrong with Prioritizing your todo list and then re-prioritizing it later in the week.  Things come up and priorities change.  When you are making your plan pick just one or two things that you for sure want to get done.

For example, last weekend while my son was at his grandparents I wanted to make sure I get the curtains hung in the bedroom.  If I got nothing else done all weekend then that’s fine but that was the one thing I really wanted to get done and I did.   I felt much better than if I had a list of 10 things I wanted to get done and didn’t get to 9 of them because I took a nap.  Never feel bad about taking a nap, your body is telling you something if you are that tired!!!!  🙂

Kids, pets, spouses???

 

Be sure you have time in your week for them.   I get all of my personal stuff done after my son goes to bed so that we have some good quality play time when I get home from work and after dinner.   Spending time with family will make you more productive in the long run because then they will be supportive.  🙂

Organizing is Personal – everybody is different

It has taken me almost 30 years to figure out what way works best for me and I actually change it every year or during the year.    What works for one person may not work for you.  It’s all about trial and error.

So happy back to school season everybody.  Watch for more posts coming on organization and pictures and some things to do to wrap your summer!!!

Thanks for stopping!!!

-Stefanie