1. Download your photos from your camera or phone. It's best to funnel them directly into a photo-organizing program if possible.
2. Edit, edit, edit. Delete duplicate photos or poor quality shots. If you have a lot of photos to go through, break this step down into 15- to 20-minute increments until it's completed.
3. Make folders to store your photos. You can choose to sort them in chronological or thematic order, or use a combination of both (begin with chronological folders and then create sub-folders by theme).
4. Rename and file your photos. This is a great place to take care of any basic edits (cropping, fixing red-eye, etc).
5. Back up your files, using TWO of the following options: an external hard drive, a online storage service, or prints. The article suggests using CDs or DVDs ONLY if they are archival-rated, but be warned that these can be pricey.
6. Delete the original files from your camera or phone.