Cristal asked a very good question after viewing my Blurb Book Review post where I talked about how fast & easy it had been to make the book since my files were organized! She wanted to know how I organize my files. For starters I would get an external hard drive to store everything on and, since they are pretty inexpensive, I would grab another for back-up. This is how I have my files organized (for family stuff):
As you can see I have a special folder on my external hard drive dedicated to family stuff and then I have a folder for each year, then each month within that year, and then a folder for each event. Since there hasn’t been much for December you can see I have images from the Christmas Parade as well as our Montana trip (with dates at the end).
My work flow goes something like this-I import my RAW files (but you can use JPEG just as well) into Lightroom (copying them to and making a new folder for the RAW files within my year and month, named the event it is) and select all the files I imported and put them in a collection (within my family catalog) named for that event or date. I then flag the keepers and select flagged only. I edit what I want to in Lightroom (usually just white balance, cropping, small things) and then export into a new folder named for whatever event it is within the month and year so ChristmasParade in December in 2011 in Family. Then I open each on in Photoshop to tweak and save!
Hope this helps! By the way, this time of year is a great time to pick up external hard drives-great sales!