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I'm often asked if there's any reason to have more than one Memory Vault in Memory Manager.

Of course, the answer really depends on you. There isn't a right or wrong way to use this. However, here are a few reasons that I have multiple vaults. (I think I have 8 or 9 … used for different reasons.)

First of all, I know many of you have thousands, if not tens of thousands, of photos on your computer. My main memory vault with my family photos has over 14,000 photo files in it. Those are only photos taken since my husband and I got married and started having kids.

When I started scanning the photos from my childhood, I decided to put them in a separate memory vault. It made it easier to look through them and manage what I already had. Plus, the folders needed to organize those photos were somewhat different than the ones I had for my “current” pictures because the project would be different.

However, I didn't stop there. When I scanned my mother-in-law's photos of my husband's childhood, I put those in a separate vault as well. Again, easier to find and manage.

A few vaults later, I realized that I liked the cross-referencing features of Memory Manager so much that there were other types of things I wanted to digitally organize besides just my regular photos. Like recipes. I began scanning in my favorite recipes and anything that I came across in a magazine. The magazine itself was too bulky to keep, but this way I could find the recipe again. So I created a vault for recipes. This way I can cross reference by ingredients, by recipe book, you name it.

But that's not all. I also have a separate vault for all of my business documents. I scan in the receipts and orders and other documents I need to keep. It beats chasing a complicated paper file around, and again, I can cross reference. This way, I have access to my files even on the road.

And, I have a vault for all of those important and not so important documents that I either need a backup copy of, or I just don't know where to file. It's neat, it's clean, and it doesn't take up massive file cabinet space.

Yes, I may be a little out of the ordinary, but once you start utilizing the fabulous cross referencing features of the file folders available in Memory Manager, it's almost addicting. This can be used for many different types of organizing … just think outside the box a little.

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