Taking pictures can preserve a lot of memories and it’s normal to accumulate a ton of them. They can end up in a bunch of different places since they can take up a lot of space. If you’re keeping them wherever you can, then you won’t find the pictures that you want the moment you want it.

This is super annoying, and the more you can’t look through your memories in an organized way, the more you might want to take the time to organize your photos. If you’re looking for some help finding an organization system, here are some suggestions on how to organize your digital photos.

1. Choose a System

There is no correct way to order your photos. Your goal is to make them easy to find for you. The first thing you need to do is determine what system you’re going to use. Think about the photos that you shot and the purpose they served. Was it to document a specific event? Or do you need to always find specific photos and want to give them distinct names?

Either way, you need to determine how you want the organization to be. No matter which you choose, you’ll need to understand that you need to constantly maintain the system that you choose and ensure that it’s easy to remember.

2. Delete duplicates and bad photos

Although you might be tempted to keep every photo you’ve taken, to save space and minimize what you need to organize, you should delete duplicates. If the people in the photo are in the same pose, the nature photos have similar backgrounds, or the photo is blurry, then delete it. Especially delete unflattering photos that you wouldn’t want to keep. Delete as much as you can to ensure all your best photos are kept so you can organize them. This will remove all the clutter, so don’t feel too upset when you delete all the photos. At least you’ll have more space for new photos of wonderful memories.

3. Create Folders for your Photos

Creating folders for your photos is actually a great way to organize all of them. you can easily maneuver to the folder that you have correctly labeled to find the photo that you need. The best thing about creating folders is that you can even create subfolders in your main folder. This means that you can get very specific with your organization choices since you can even have smaller folders in your subfolders. Depending on how many photos you have, folders and subfolders might be one of the perfect ways to to find the photos that you need in at any time. This is also a very flexible choice since you can create new folders whenever you want.

There are a lot of ways for you to come up with folder names for all of your pictures. You can choose to name the folders based on the people in the folder. You can choose the name the folder based on the type of photo that you took, which means that if it’s a nature photo or a photo of a person you can differentiate between the two. You can also do it based on the year, which would allow you to make use of a lot of subfolders. Or, if you take professional photos, then you name folders based on the job that you got. However, you want to name the folders is your choice, but you just have to make sure that it’s continuous as you take more photos.

4. Name your Photos

If you already have a ton of photos, then you know what the names of the photos look like. The names usually resemble a stream of letters and numbers that you would not be able to remember because they have no meaning to you. To fix this and make it easier to search your device for the photos you’ll want to rename them more descriptively.

Including the name of the place will you take the picture or the name of the person that the picture is of would help you find the photos later. You might even want to include the year if you think you’d remember that when you’re searching for it. You want to include pieces of information in the name that you think you’d remember while you’re searching for that photo. This might take a while, but if you do a little bit at a time, you’ll soon be able to rename all of your photos.

5. Tag your Photos

This is another way to make it easy to locate individual photos. If you have trouble understanding what tagging photo means, then you should know it basically like leaving a note on the back of a physical picture. For example, have you ever found old photos in family scrapbook and turned them around to see the names of the people in the photo and the year? This is exactly what tagging a photo does, except you’re using your computer to do it.

You can use as many tags as you want, but many people include the names of the people in the photo, the location, the activity that’s happening in the photo, and the date that the photo occurred. The tags might also help you place these photos in the correct folders. This is a task that also might take a long time and it might require a bit of remembering, but you can probably get it done while doing something else, such as watching TV or listening to music.

These are the best ways to ensure that you’re organizing your photos the best.