Hello everybody, about a year ago I purchased a few pounds of worldwide stamps off paper. Recently, I decided that I want to organize this collection and put some stamps in stock books. The only issue is that I have thousands of stamps and no idea where to start with organizing them! I intend to arrange my favorites by country in stock books. Anyone here have an idea of how I should go about organizing them? Thanks! - Anthony
It depends rather on what and how you collect. My method is to start with two broad categories: GB/Commonwealth; and the rest. Then, within those, separate by continent. Then by individual country. Good luck!
I feel you've answered your own question, but are perhaps overwhelmed with the project to recognize it. Germania's right: you've already said what you want to do, so just do it (apologies to Nike). Or, is there something specific about your plan that you're unsure of?
When dealing with a multi-country mix, my first pass through is to sort them out alphabetically by first letter of the country name.When a pile is big enough, I put the stamps in a marked envelope and begin a new pile. Once done I go through the "A" envelopes, then "B", etc. sorting into country piles. These also go into envelopes when the piles get large enough. Once done, I then go country by country, although normally not alphabetically. Depends on which country I'm focusing on at the moment.
There are some older threads on this sort of thing. Try a search on "organizing" or "organize" and you should see some hits. This would give you an idea how others approach the task.
My route. Go to Post Office, purchase a box of envelopes ($6) Go to the Supermarket, with the envelopes, rummage through the empty boxes at checkout, that suit the width of the envelopes. The longer the box the better, but width is important
Flip the envelope flap inside the envelope Write the country name on each, as you find them BOLDLY
There you have it, neat and tidy.
My box is 230mm x 500mm (9" x 20") and fits every country in the world.