We celebrate National Get Organized Week in October. I don’t know about you, but I’m certain that it will take more than a week for me to “Get Organized”. Still, it’s good to have a goal. It’s good to put it out there for the world to see. It helps you “own” it. Accountability is everything. Get Organized Week comes on the heels of Save Your Photos Month, celebrated in September each year. As a member of APPO, and a resident of Houston, September 2017 will forever be a bittersweet memory.
As a wanna-be genealogist, enthusiastic scrapbooker, and committed keeper of the family photos, every day is the day to get organized. Life happens though. Life just happens. Priorities change. Until disaster strikes and then it’s too late.
Professional photo organizers will tell you to save your digital photos first because they’re more at risk on a daily basis. While this is true, after seeing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, I’m more committed than ever not only to get my printed photos in order but to complete some projects that can be passed down to future generations.
When Diane and I first started talking about Heritage Scrappers, I was thrilled at the thought of having a go-to place where I could learn about genealogy AND combine my research with my love of scrapbooking. When it comes to projects, I’m a bit like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. I’m guilty of “flying by the seat of my pants”. In the past, I made what I’ll lovingly refer to as sub-projects. A slide show or photo book for a grandchild is such a tiny piece of the big picture of our family story.
Get Organized week is celebrated the last week of October but we’re going to extend that to the entire month (it might take an entire year for some of us).