So the last few days I have been spending most of my time organizing photos inside of Lightroom because it starting to become a mess. When I first starting using Lightroom, I had no idea what I was doing. I created catalog for each year but as time went on I always found myself wanted to look at a photo I took last year or a couple years before so I'd have to go load up that catalog and then I'd forget and start importing 2015 photos into a 2011 catalog. Next time I'd go to import photos I'll then realize I was in the wrong catalog and already have forgot about the photos I imported a week ago and never moved those photos to the right catalog. So instead of having a catalog for each year, I just made one master catalog and imported the other catalogs into this new master catalog and made a folder for each year and once I sorted out each year, I then made monthly subfolders for each year and sorted all the photos out. Thankfully, I was smart enough when I imported photos I used a date naming theme for the folders like this "2015-04-16-subject or shoot" so it wasn't TOO hard to sort everything out. Now I have a structure like this: 2013 2014 2015 - 01 Jan - 02 Feb - 03 March Etc... Then I went through and renamed all the folders that contained the photos in each month. The problem I'm having is say for example I take several shots of my cat throughout the month of April, should I create a separate folder even if it's just one photo? Or should I just dump them into one folder like "Cat Photos" or something? I took the folder structure idea from a Peter Krogh seminar since he's a "master" at Lightroom, but he also suggested making another organization structure using the keywords feature in Lightroom, so there I was adding keywords to 10,000 photos..sometimes one by one and it started to look like this... This was only when I processed half of my photos...when I was nearly done..it was a complete mess. It took me longer to find a group of photos going through the keyword method that Peter Krogh recommends than just going to the folders and clicking on the year and month. It was a bit overwhelming for me..while that method may work for Peter..I don't think it did for me. So I ended up removing all keywords and now have a clean slate. He also recommends adding location data to all the photos...so there I was again adding location data to all the photos which was brutal and I only got through maybe half of my photos. I understand why HE uses it because he travels A LOT but I don't travel that much. A lot of photos I take are around where I live. Do I really need location data for a few pictures I took down the road from where I live? What about when I go out for a drive and stop and take pictures on the way? I'm not going to exactly remember what town I was in when I took those particular photos. If you don't add a sub location to the metadata, it will show up under the metadata search as "unknown sublocation". So then, I had to go and add sublocations like "Home" or "Blah Blah Restaurant" or "55 Main St"...something like that. It's like, do I really need to add location to a picture of a computer part I took for my blog? I don't think it's useful. So...I removed all the location data and I now have a complete clean slate to work from. No keywords and no location data. I don't know what to do, so I'm asking you guys to give me some suggestions on what I could do. Also, what kind of organization system do you use in Lightroom?