Help! I’ve got a thousand photos on my phone and no space!


Critical mass is approaching fast and there’s a little Scotty in your phone shouting at you “I’m givin’ her all she’s got Captain, but I can’t give her much more!”

Yes, you guessed it. It’s time to sort those photos out on your phone. Things were a whole lot simpler with a roll of film, but in the digital age, where do you start?

There’s no avoiding it, you have to start at the beginning. So first things first – get those photos off your phone and onto your computer using the software provided with your phone. (I’m going to assume you know how to do that yourself.)

So know your phone has space again, but your desktop is full of snapshots of your life.

What are you going to do with all these photographs? To print or not to print, that is the question! I am a huge advocate of printing, a photo isn’t real to me unless it’s printed, but that’s me. Personally, I am a big fan of photo books and we have one for each year of our daughter’s life. She loves photos too, so she has her own photo album where she shares her favourite adventures. But printing isn’t for everyone and that’s ok too.

Looking for display inspiration? Check out my pinterest board here!

…Set your intention first…

With your end goal in mind, set aside a good amount of time because you’re going to sort them all in two sweeps, one week apart. “Little by little” doesn’t get the job done and trust me, you want the job done so you can go back to taking more photos. I can’t tell you exactly how much time you’ll need, but my guess is if you’re over the 1000 photograph mark I’d plan on setting aside half a day.

Your next step is to decide which photos to keep and which to delete. This is a hard one, especially if you’re a parent. Every photo of your child is precious, but really – how many do you need?

Start easy on the first sweep – start with the blurry ones. Delete them, unless it’s ‘cool blurry’ – keep them and call them artistic! 😉 Seriously though, let’s talk about quality over quantity. A photograph that moves you is a keeper. It needs to represent an emotion for you, an event, something really important to you or your child. If you’re unsure if it moves you or not, it doesn’tdelete it. You’ll know when a photo moves you, you’ll feel it. Keep going until you’ve gone through them all. After you finish this first round, I guarantee that you will have cut the number of photographs down by at least a third, possibly even half!  Pat yourself on the back and walk away for a week. Good job!

The second swoop isn’t as easy. Think about magpies and shiny things. Your mission is to cull your photos down by another 50%. Now, you’re only looking for the very best of the best. Take the time to go through each photo, one at a time. Does it move you? Do you have to have it? Do your eyes travel over the whole photograph? You must be strong and you must delete those that don’t make the mark. You owe it to yourself and your family to have a clarity, the alternative is a clouded mess that won’t represent the essence of your family and potentially create a whole lot of snoring if ever you decide to make a slideshow! At the end of this process you will be left with a gallery of photographs that you and your family love.

Once you’ve finished, organise your storage folders and BACK UP. Even if you’re printing – BACK UP. There are plenty of options for you from external hard drives to clouds. Do your research and find the best option for you, but BACK UP! 

And….you’re done! That’s a solid effort – you should be proud!

This is not an easy thing to do, especially the first time, but it does get quicker and eventually it does get easier. If you set your intention first, working towards your end game is quicker and more meaningful.

Photographs tell a story – Your story.

How are you going to share yours?


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