What To Do With Old Photo Albums: Organizing And DIY Ideas
While most photos we take today are taken and stored in devices like phones and computers, that wasn’t always the case. Back in the day, everyone would have to develop their photos off of their cameras. Once taken, developed and printed, these were generally put in photo albums.

Many of us still have a number of these albums sitting in our basement that we go through every now and then. Unfortunately, these albums often take up a lot of space in our homes. But getting rid of them just doesn’t feel right. So what should we do with them?

With that in mind, let’s go over some ideas for what to do with old photo albums and how to organize them.

Digitize the Photos 

Once digitized, these photos can easily be shared, viewed and sent easily and quickly from a variety of different devices. Doing this will also save you a ton of space and reduce the need for so many large and bulky albums around your home. You could digitize the photos yourself, but could also reach out to a company or provider that can help you out.

Create Art With Some of the Photos

If you want to take things a step further and put some of your old photos on full display, why not create some art with your photos? This could be collages on the wall, small pictures hanging from string, scrapbooks, journals or any number of other things. Re-purposing these old pictures can give them a second lease on life and get them out of the basement.

You can also turn these photos into completely unique and original pieces of art. If you're new to painting, everything you need to get started can be found online, including video tutorials on YouTube. If you're not much of an artist, places like Instapainting will do it for you. Turning your pictures into art will not only help you find a use for your old photos and albums, but creating them can also be a fun time.

Minimize Your Photo Collection


If you want to keep your photos in albums and continue to store your albums, you will likely have to perform a little bit of a purge of your album. You should go through all of the albums you have, and remove pictures you no longer need. This could be duplicates, photos that didn’t turn out well or photos that no longer carry any meaning.

Getting rid of these photos will allow you to reduce the amount of albums you need to worry about storing, transporting and organizing. Simply put, if you want to keep each and every one of your own photos and albums without consolidating, storing and organizing them can be a nightmare. During these searches, you will find out you are likely holding onto dozens of photos you don’t need.

Those old photo albums hold a lot of memories, but aren’t exactly the easiest things to store. Whether you digitize the photos, create art with them or simply lower the amount of photos and albums you have, we hope these tips will help you organize your old photo albums so you can continue to enjoy them.

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