Check this task off your to-do list once and for all.

If you’re anything like most people, you probably have old paper photos stashed in multiple places—in a box in the closet, in fading photo albums, and maybe even in the bottom drawer of your nightstand. You keep telling yourself that you’ll get them all sorted out eventually, but it never happens.

Well, now’s the perfect time to tackle the task. Not only do you have the whole “New Year, Fresh Start” thing to give you a kick in the butt, but it’s better to get to those snaps sooner rather than later.

“Old paper photographs deteriorate over time and if you don’t take care of them properly, the colors may fade, the paper may mildew, or the photo could become damaged in some other way that makes it difficult to see the image,” says professional organiser Denise May Levenick. So if you want to preserve your family memories, it’s vital that you take steps now to safeguard your photos, she says.

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Sure, organising tonnes of photos will be time-consuming; however, there are benefits to finally getting it done. Research has shown clean and organised spaces can help reduce stress, make you happier, and may even help you make healthier eating choices. Plus, as you go through the photos, you’ll relive the emotions associated with them—so you may let out a huge belly laugh at that snap of Grandpa in a goofy costume or feel a sense of overwhelming love while looking at a pic of your child when she was a newborn. Finally tackling that pile of photos will also eliminate your lingering guilt about having the task on your to-do list forever, and you’ll have a sense of accomplishment when you’re finished.

So, crank up the tunes or put on a good TV show and get to it! Here's exactly how to organise all those old photos—and share the good memories with the rest of your family:

Displaying your photographs

When it comes to showcasing photos in your home, your only limit is your imagination. In addition to placing them in frames, there are a number of other ways to display your photos creatively. Get a supersize copy of a print and large frame (or have the snap reprinted as a canvas) so it can serve as the focal point of a room. A wall collage, when done correctly, is another classy way to decorate a large space or hallway and show off a bunch of pics all at once.

If you’re looking to do smaller-scale displays, you can cover a lampshade with favourite photos, create mini Polaroid magnets for the fridge, or place photos in glass jars or bottles and arrange them on a mantel or shelf. Another option is digital frames. “Digital photo frames cycle through images one at a time, so you have a constantly changing display,” says professional organiser MaryJo Monroe. “This is a great option if you have old photos that are too fragile or too numerous to hang in conventional frames on the wall,” she says.