Coming up with a system to track all the photos, cards, and all things baby is not a really difficult task. The hardest part is maintenance.
You have to make the effort to stay on top of everything or you will just randomly throw things onto a pile to deal with later, kind of like what I have going on this shelf in our office:
If that works for you, go for it. But, I would suggest at least a semi-organized approach.
I used a gift box and put cards, paperwork, and random things and stored it all in there to go through all at once.
A better option would be to set up a binder and divide it into months or depending on the number of envelopes you have, into sections (like pregnancy, baby, month 1, etc.)
Create a folder on your computer and label it Baby Album. Begin by creating folders for how you will document baby. This is important to make sure that it becomes a habit. You have a bit more leeway if you’re doing this monthly, but if you are planning on documenting your baby album weekly, you need to make a habit of doing this.
I created monthly folders and scheduled time at the end of the month to copy my favorite photos taken of the month into each folder. When there was a print sale (I use Shutterfly for my everyday printing), I would have large batches of photos.
I stayed more organized by re-naming the files, so it would read something like, BABYNAMEMonth07.jpg and made sure the back of the print would be labeled with the file name. That way, when my order arrived, I easily slipped my prints into envelopes sorted by month.
This saved me from not having to search through my computer to figure out when the photo was taken. Buy/make/use little labeled envelopes, like this:
You don’t have to be organized in everything, but you should be organized just enough with what works for you.
(This post is from my 31 days to a baby album series. For more information, head over here.)