They say that a photograph is worth a thousand words, but nobody's going to hear them if they're scattered all over your house. Safeguard your memories by arranging and storing your photos.
To arrange your digital prints in an easy to locate order, you will require an image organiser program. Most Windows packages come with something like Windows Photo Gallery. If you don't have one, you can download one for free from Irfanview or Google (although by using the Google one, you grant Google permission to use your photographs).
Transfer all of your photos onto the image organiser and then create folders to place them in. Most programs will automatically label the folder with the date that it was created; to keep your photos straight, give your folders appropriate names like House Renovations or Christmas Day 2009. Depending on how many photos you have, this might be a long and boring task, but when you're done, you'll have everything in an easy to locate place.
When you have finished, save your photos onto a CD or DVD so that if something happens to your computer, you will still have a copy.
The first thing to do is to gather and sort. For this, you will need as many small boxes (shoe boxes work well) as you can get your hands on. Go throughout the house and round up all your photographs from drawers, cupboards, boxes, etc. If your photo albums haven't been organised properly, you might want to remove all the photos from the albums and add them to your pile.
Next, sort them into categories. You might put similar photos together (e.g. Son's Baby Pictures) or photos that were taken at the same time (e.g. Photos from Trip to France 1999). Allocate a box for each pile. If you have any negatives, label them clearly and place them with their prints.
Now that you've got your photos organised, you need to decide what you want to do with them. You can put them in albums, frames or cubes – it's up to you.