Apartment Therapy had a great post yesterday, 10 Snapshots You Should Keep in Your Phone’s Photo Album. I thought the ideas they mentioned were so useful that I wanted to bring them up here.


Some of the ideas were ones I’ve used in the past like taking a photo of where you’ve parked (the letter in the parking lot, the floor number of the parking garage, or the cross street sign on the street) or a recipe from a book or magazine (I’ve done that with recipes I discovered at the doctor’s office.)


Here are some of the other ideas that I found useful:

  • Your prescription bottles with the name and dosage clearly shown.
  • Your printer cartridge with the refill numbers clearly shown.
  • Light bulbs that fit your home fixtures.

I started flipping through the photos on my phone to see what I take photos of as reminders or for their information. Here are a few of mine:

  • The information on the side of a shoebox and a photo of the shoe if I find a pair in a shop that I like, but they don’t have my size. I can then find it online.
  • Bottles of wine that I really like. (There are a lot of wine bottle photos on my phone!)
  • Books I see in a bookstore that I’d like to buy on my eReader or borrow from the library.
  • Flyers hung up on the school’s outside bulletin board that I want the information from.

There were some great ideas in the comments section on Apartment Therapy, too.

  • Your grocery list that you keep on the dry erase or chalkboard in your kitchen.
  • Your car license plate.
  • Your passport identification page.
  • Health insurance card.
  • Your kids' photos right before you go out somewhere, in case the kids get lost. Then you have a current photo with what they are wearing that day.
  • Receipts you’re afraid you might lose (I totally have to start doing that one!)
  • Lids of paint cans so we'll have the name, brand and all the formula numbers.
  • Baggage claim tickets.
  • Coat check tickets.

You get the idea. There are a million different things that it would be smart to take a picture of so you can have it right in your pocket or you handbag when you need it.


One last idea I just thought of: my library card. When I go to order something online from the library and they want my card number, I can just look on my phone instead of having to go get my keychain where the card is. I don’t know why, but it always annoys the heck out of me to have to go get it.


Do you have any other ideas to add to the list?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Useful photos to keep on your phone
Use your photos like a notebook, and important and useful information will be right in your pocket. Some of the ideas were ones I’ve used in the past like tak