When photos happened on film, you had to be very deliberate about when and where you snapped pictures. But now with a camera app at your fingertips, you're able to digitally fill entire photo albums with some really boring things. And you should, actually. We've put together a list of everyday things you should be documenting with photographs in order to stay organized and sane, and to maintain a perfect record of parking spots and great haircuts alike.
Your New (Terrible) Haircut
Whether you love it or hate it when you step out of the salon, grab a friend and get some help snapping photos of your haircut from every angle. Sometimes it takes time for you to understand why a particular cut works or doesn't work for you. When you have a picture of the cut on day one, you can carry it back to the salon and explain why certain features did or didn't work for you.
Those Days When You Slay Your Eyeliner
You might roll your eyes at friends who snap a selfie every time they're feeling themselves, but it actually serves a great purpose: With a photo of your perfectly-coiffed curls or that masterful job you did drawing wings on your eyes, you are better prepared to repeat it down the line.
How Your Cords are Hooked Up
Going wireless is a great goal, but you likely still have a mess of cords tucked behind your desk or TV. If you need to move things around, take as clear a photo as you can of where things are plugged in before you begin to disconnect.
Furniture Before You Disassemble It
Or anything else you're taking apart, like electronics or a car, if you're super handy. The photo will help you to see exactly where everything belongs when it's time to piece it back together.
Your Parking Spot at the Airport
Smart people write down the letter or number of the row where they're parked at the airport. Really smart people just snag a photo of their car with the sign visible in the background. Works for amusement parks and the like as well.
Your Coat Check Ticket
Or any other ticket stub you need to keep to get your stuff back. If you lose it, the photo is usually enough to recover your gear from its guardian quickly.
Your Luggage at the Airport
You hope your luggage makes it to your destination with you, but that's not always the case. Take a photo of your suitcase and it might help airline personnel locate your black bag faster.
Your Apartment the Day You Move In
If your unit is spotless the day you move in, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, be sure to document anything that's less than perfect, like a cracked tile or cabinet doors that don't hang right. It's your insurance against a landlord that might blame you for those damages when it's time to move out.
A Clear Shot of Your Keys
If you're ever locked out of your car or home, a locksmith can sometimes quickly make a copy of a key from just a photograph. (If you have a place to password-protect your photos, that would be a good place to store these).
Your Kids Before You Walk Into Harry Potter World
Before you step foot into an amusement park, concert venue or anywhere else where there's sure to be massive crowds, take photos of the younger kids in your group. It's hopefully something you won't need, but if you lose sight of each other in the venue, you have a recent and seriously reliable photo of who you're looking for - and what they are wearing that day - to share with authorities.
And one more...
We've been talking about how easy it is to snap pictures on your phone, but this one's a tip for DSLR, point-and-shoot or GoPro owners:
Your Business Card, on a Stand-Alone Camera
Take a photo of your contact information and leave it on the camera forever. A business card works, or you can just jot down your details on a piece of paper and snap a pic. This way, if you ever lose your camera, the kind person who finds it will know how to get it back to you.
10 Snapshots You Should Keep in Your Phone's Photo Album
Re-edited from a post originally published 5.19.16-NT