Great Ideas from Our Clients: Using Email to Create A Family Digital Scrapbook

It is not uncommon for Living Peace clients to provide us with great organizing ideas. In fact, just the other day one of our clients, a mother with two young kids, told us about an organizing idea she discovered on Google that she successfully implemented into her chaotic life.

When each child was born, she created an email address for them on Google. As each child grows, she sends emails to the account with stories about the funny things they did or said, capturing memorable life events. She also sends short letters expressing her hopes and dreams to them. She is creating a digital scrapbook of memories for her kids to read later on in life. What makes this method work for her?

  • She always has her phone on hand so she is able to quickly send off a quick message to each child’s email account when the need arises. In essense, she doesn’t have to add a completely new routine to her day in order to capture the information she wants to preserve.
  • She doesn’t have to stop to write anything down and hope it will make it into a scrapbook. She is able to use her comfort level with digital tools to her advantage.
  • She also doesn’t have to worry about the memories being lost in a fire because they are stored remotely by a service that automatically backs up the information.
  • In the future, she can use various other Google services such as Picasa and YouTube to capture photos of kids in action or their artwork.

If you want to learn more about this idea for a digital scrapbook, watch the “Google Chrome: Dear Sophie” ad from 2011.

About Gabriela Burgman

Gabriela’s mission is to empower her clients with the tools and motivation they need to get and stay organized. Prior to becoming a Professional Organizer, Gabriela worked in a photograph archive as well as several university archives, assisting offices, administrators, and retiring academics to sort through their files for preservation or disposal. She became a professional organizer in 2007 working as an independent consultant before joining Living Peace. When Gabriela is not learning new ways to organize photos or paper both physically and electronically, she is spending time on what matters most to her: visiting with family and friends, reading a good mystery book, or cooking a tasty meal.

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