If you have albums with sticky pages, you need to carefully remove your photographs and throw those albums out. They might keep your photographs in place, but they degrade and leave a residue on your photographs. If you stick any paper on a sticky page, kiss it goodbye. You’re never getting it out...not ever.
You also need to throw out all of your cheap photo albums with the flimsy plastic the easily rips. The plastic is bad quality and can sometimes stick to the photographic paper.
If you don’t want any bulky albums, buy some of these envelopes:
At work, we use these all of the time. Place around 20 to 25 photographs in an envelope and label it. Record names of people, places, events, and especially dates. The envelope route is less labor-intensive, and is super easy to store. Just place them in one of your file folders and file it away in your acid-free boxes or file cabinets.
One Last Thing
Before you purchase a bunch of supplies, make sure to weed (just like gardening, but without the dirt, we hope) your photographs. Do you need the blurry shots or that weird pseudo-artistic photograph that doesn’t look like anything? Take a bit of time and pare your collection down to the best images. You can do the same for your digital images. Added bonus: they’ll take up less physical and digital space.