How to Reduce Feeling Overwhelmed when sorting Photos and Videos

Sorting and choosing photos and videos can be a very overwhelming task to do.

Remember, when looking through your photos and videos, please realize these memories took a decade to collect, it is natural to feel overwhelmed, when you bring them out after many years.

These are not just photos, they are memories we keep hidden. Every joy, happiness and excitement comes rushing in, because they mean something special to you.

I actually love looking at my photo and video slideshows with my kids in them, especially when they were babies, to remind me of how I felt back then, because in time I have forgotten it.


To breakdown this tedious exercise and process of sorting and organising your photos and videos to create slideshow memories, I have written down some steps to help reduce the stress.

Steps to take when Sorting and Organising your Photos

For Printed Photos

  1. Look through just one album at a time, once a day;
  2. When you choose a photo from your album, stick a post it note on it.

Keep all your photos in an album, unless you wish to remove them. Place all your loose photos in a ziplog bag so you do not loose them.

For Digital Photos and Videos

  1. Create a folder and copy and paste all your chosen photos in it;
  2. Once you download your videos from mobiles, copy and paste it into your desired folder.

Once you have completed arranging and sorting all your photos and videos, make sure you do a backup of them or keep them on a CD or USBs to give to who ever is doing your slideshow.

At some point, you might want to consider scanning all your printed photos to digital. This will save you a lot of space and eliminate the worry of your photos fading with age and it is a good form of backup.

About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".