5 Steps to Safeguarding Your Memories with Permanent Storage

Black and white photo of children going to church Easter Sunday 1964
Me, Melody, with my siblings before church on Easter Sunday, 1964

Easter week is here and Mother’s Day is coming up in a few weeks and family gatherings are a great way to begin journaling your family photos.

It’s so easy to snap pictures, but it’s so easy to get overwhelmed with how many images are on your smartphone. We naturally think of keeping all of them because we don’t want to throw away something that might be valuable.

The problem is none of the photos stand out and the best ones get lost in the digital clutter.

I have a journaling method I use to help you tell your story and decide which ones to keep and which photos to delete. The picture above of me, left, with my brothers and younger sister has definitely been a joy to re-visit. Easter Sunday, 1964.

Read on and you’ll learn how to make journaling your photos convenient while preserving the memories you cherish.


Step 1 – Don’t fear deleting photos

This is a mindset you need to have because the first step should be deleting the duplicates. Yet, many people get nervous even getting rid of duplicates or near-duplicates. Honestly, don’t worry about it.

Yes, kids move away and not everyone is around for every family moment, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend much time deciding what to keep and what to toss. There are six holidays or observances from April through July:

  • Easter / Passover
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Father’s Day
  • July 4th

I’m going to tell you about a digital storage solution and one of the benefits is sharing pictures with people who live across the country or live in another country.


Step 2—Choose photos to delete

Aren’t smartphones wonderful? These mini-computers we use for calls, directions, and picture taking are a marvel.

Hard to believe that once upon a time, telephones were only used for making phone calls. These marvelous technological development also lets us snap dozens of pictures, or hundreds, and thousands, without realizing that we’ve buried ourselves in so many pictures that we can’t decide what to keep and what to delete

Cartoon of two rabbits looking at a plug-in phone
Hmm, I wonder if the bunnies also know about rabbit ears for old TVs.


I’ve covered getting rid of duplicate images. Now, get rid of pictures where the lighting is off, or ones where the action is blurry. Imagine yourself in 30 or 40 years looking at these pictures and thinking which ones will be the most interesting.

Save the ones that immediately tug at your heart.









Step 3 – Act like a journalist

You are journaling, after all. You’ll tell brief stories about each image or a group of images.

Ask these key questions for each picture you want to keep:

  • Who is in it?
  • What is happening?
  • When did it occur?
  • Where was it taken?
  • Why is this important?

And you can even ask, “How did the time go?”

You don’t have to do this with every picture you’ve taken, but you’ll be glad you’ve done it with the most important ones you’ve chosen to keep.


Step 4 – Store your photos safely

I launched my photo coaching career 27 years ago with a focus on helping my clients collect photos and use them to tell their stories. I worked with my mother and father to organize their photos and eventually we had several dozen traditional, scrapbook albums.

They were fun to browse through, but they were susceptible to being damaged or getting lost. The photo albums that have been so popular in the past are fragile. Imagine how tough it would be to pass them from one generation to another or share them with family and friends around the country.

I use a wonderful digital storage solution through FOREVER® that’s guaranteed safe for a lifetime plus 100 years and longer.

In FOREVER® Storage, you can easily upload photos from your device like smartphone, tablet, external hard drive or computer.  Add them in albums that you create or even upload directly into the album you create before uploading.

You can easily write an informative description with each photo or a group of photos and should you have to change the date taken, it is simple too.


Step 5—Digitize your existing media

FOREVER® makes it convenient to digitize older printed photos, VHS tapes, slide shows, important documents and more.

It becomes one digital _Finhome to safeguard your most valuable memories.

You can determine privacy settings for each album: Private, Public or shared with specific Friends and Family.

Melody's conversion box
My box of photos to digitize; turning print photos and all old media files to digital is convenient with FOREVER®

Print still exists

Going digital doesn’t mean saying good-bye to printed pictures. FOREVER® lets you conveniently turn your digital pictures into easy-to-carry and share photo books and more.

Use the up-coming observances and summer holidays to organize your photos and store them safely for use with your children, grandchildren, and their children.


How can I Help?

Office Hours with Melody Event
Melody Whitehead, Safeguard Your Memories

Contact me for questions on:

  • sorting and organizing your photos
  • setting up your online photo storage system with FOREVER®,
  • digitizing old files
  • creating photo gift projects.




I urge you to use your photos in writing your family’s story. Visit the Events page on my website to see the dates and times that work for you.

You’ll also enjoy reading:

The Power of Digitizing Your Family’s and History in Digital Storage


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