Winterize Within, Part Five: Photographs


Today is the final “work day” in our Winterizing Within series.  I’ve so enjoyed the positive feedback from those who are working along on preparing homes for the upcoming holidays and winter months. More than anything, I created this series to motivate and inspire my own projects around the house.  What an encouragement to have others come alongside me to join in these tasks!

I have to confess that I have saved the photograph project for the last work day as a sort of “dessert” for myself after a week’s worth of sorting and purging.

I love taking pictures and nearly every shot that finds its way into my camera is a picture of one or both of my girls.  What gets terribly neglected, however, is following through on all of those shots by getting them out of my hard drive and into a tangible format!

This will be the focus of our winterizing project for the day – work through the pictures of the past year, make decisions on them, and take action!

We’ll use our 3 Ps to guide the process:

1) Sometime today, pause to sit down and work on photographs.  This process will look different for each person depending on what picture taking and photograph storing looks like in your home.  Perhaps you have printed pictures that need to be sorted into albums or organized in scrapbooking materials, or maybe (like me) you need to dig through your hard drive files to find the pictures from the past year.

I’m going to aim for spending three minutes working with my pictures from the last ten months which means I’m setting aside thirty minutes for this project today. If I don’t set a firm time limit, I can get lost in editing and organizing my photos!

2) If you have been steadily printing photos throughout the year, you may have no need to purge anything today.  Because I’ve neglected steady work on my photos from the past ten months, I won’t be purging as much as I will be making decisions on ten month’s worth of photography.

I’ve planned to devote three minutes to each month of 2009, beginning in January.  I’ll set the timer and work quickly through each month, selecting which photos will go into a “to be printed” folder.  (The photo you see above is one I shot in May 2009 and is definitely marked as one of the “keepers” for the year!)

What will your process look like today?

3) Finally, most importantly, push yourself to take action on this year’s photos!  Again, this could be slipping them into albums, sending them to be printed, or even just getting the unprinted shots better organized in your computer.

Other examples of action might be planning a scrapbooking event, backing up your picture files, or creating photo books for yourself or for gift-giving.

Of course, you may need more time than would be reasonable to set aside for just one day’s work.  If nothing else, get started on this 2009’s photos, and make firm plans to continue taking action on them through the end of this year.

What does photo organization look like in your home? Do you take immediate action with your photographs – getting them printed quickly after you shoot them, or do you tend to wait and do a mass printing several times a year? I would also love to hear about your favorite ways to store, print, and display your best photographs from each year!

September 25th: SK Showcase and Weekend Links

I’m curious to hear if any of you in the SK community participated in Turnoff Week.  I can’t say we completely turned the screens in our home off this week, but we did cut way, way back on TV and computer time.  Watching my girls spend more time at the table coloring and creating and more time in the playroom making up games challenged me to consider that we don’t “need” the TV and computer time in the ways I thought we did!

This week’s Showcase comes from Julia of Julia Janzen.  She wrote:

Here’s a little something I did with my 3 year old this summer: Photojournalism for Toddlers.

Katie – the photojournalist


Her view of daisies


Julia explains, “It got us outside, we were able to appreciate some really beautiful trees, plants and neighborhood in general.  If you don’t have a camera for your child you could always buy a little one use camera, or a little more on the green side, buy a used camera at a yard sale, or thrift shop.   For a little older kids I think it would be a lot of fun at birthday parties or family gatherings to give kids cameras and just let them go for it!”

Thanks for sharing this practical way to introduce little ones to the art of photography, Julia!

And now, your (fall-inspired) weekend reading:

Simply Practical

The Mother Load: 5 Quick Dinners for Busy Weeknights (fall tends to bring a flurry of activity to families, doesn’t it?)

Simply Delicious

Under the High Chair: 7 Inspiring Recipes for the Thanksgiving Table
Playful Learning: Apple Picking, Apple Recipes & Apple Inspiration

Inspired Projects

maya*made: nature crowns and cuffs
red bird crafts: finding fall box: remake
Ordinary Life Magic: Crow Puppets

Inspired Images

SouleMama: the colors this season

Inspired Words

Brain, Child: Two Hearts Beat as One (okay, so this may not exactly be autumn-inspired, but I adore Catherine Newman and her writing, and I had to slip this in.  And it is in the Fall 2009 issue of Brain, Child, so that counts, right?)

Next week is Free-Range Kids week here at Simple Kids!  I am looking forward to your thoughts!