Basic Photo Organization: Deleting Pictures

I have made a lot of progress since my last post on basic photo organization.  I spent a total of about 4 hours over the past month making sure each photo was placed in the proper folder, by year and month. I ended up with 12 yearly folders, because I happened to have some pictures from 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2006 on my computer. Each week, I spent an hour and a half or less on this task. As I mentioned before, I have been meaning to do this for quite some time, so I’m glad I finally have made time to do it.

My task for basic photo organization this month is to delete pictures. I have such a hard time with this! I tend to keep things that are sentimental, and it’s no different with digital pictures. It probably would’ve made the most sense to get rid of fuzzy/bad/duplicate/unnecessary photos as soon as I uploaded them to my computer, but this hasn’t always been the case. So now I’m stuck with spending my time over the next month doing this.

Basic Photo Organization Challenge: Deleting PicturesI hope it takes me less than 5 hours over the next month. I am hoping to whittle down to some of the best photos we have.

This will be my criteria for deleting pictures:

Blurry/Fuzzy/Out of focus

Sometimes I get a great picture of one of my daughters where they are smiling so cute. Then when I upload the picture to the computer, I can see that it wasn’t in focus. I have kept a lot of pictures like this, but I know that I would never want to print those pictures. I just wish the camera could have taken a clearer picture, because now I am going to delete those.


My husband loves grabbing the camera and just snapping pictures. We have a lot of great pictures because of this. But sometimes he goes a bit too far. I don’t think he needs to take pictures of me eating (like in the picture above). Would I ever print out these kinds of pictures? Not at all.


When we want to get just the right kind of picture, we keep snapping so we have a greater chance of getting “the one”. All the duplicates of “the one” can be deleted since they are not the best picture of them all.

Just plain bad

You know the type. You’re trying to get a picture of your sister, and she quickly turns her head or hides her face right before you snap the picture. These kinds of pictures don’t give you, or anybody else, a good idea of what your sister looks like.

Also, I think smiling is important. Everybody looks so much better with a smile on their face. I am going to delete pictures with people who are serious or frowning unless that is the only picture I could get of them at a certain event.

Another reason a picture can be “bad” is if it was photobombed. If you don’t know what that is, just take a look at the two pictures below, and you’ll see right away. Ironically, they both happened on the same vacation to Southern California in 2011. I will not be deleting these, just because they were from our vacation (and kind of funny!).


You can tell someone is starved for attention in the beach photo (cough* cough* little brother).

Basic Photo Organization Challenge: Deleting Pictures (part 2)

What is your criteria for deleting a picture? Please let me know if you are also trying to get your pictures organized, because I would love to know that others are joining me.

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  1. Thinking about doing this is causing me anxiety. I have a ton of pictures that fall into these categories. I’ll wait until tomorrow. 😉 recently posted…10 signs your toddler is done taking napsMy Profile

    • That’s what I said for years! I think my real motivation came when I was afraid my computer was going to crash (again), so I decided to take action or risk losing all of our memories! Now they are all at least on an external hard drive.


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