Once you have downloaded the pictures on your computer, it is important to organize them so that you can find them easily when you need to.
When you are downloading the pictures, you should have an option to save them in a file. Download a group of related pictures and save them in an appropriate file name. If you are going to have several files that are similar, be specific as possible when you are naming the file.
For example: if you are saving pictures from a birthday, be sure and specify whose birthday it is and what year.
Suzy's 10th Bday 2012 is a much better file name than Suzy 10 or
Another way to attack the filing is by creating folders with the year and creating sub-folders with more specific names.
For example your main folder is 2012 and under 2012 you have file names of Suzy's 10th Birthday, Christmas, Beach Vacation, etc.
If there are miscellaneous pictures of family members, set up a file for that person so you can quickly download a random picture, unrelated to any occasion. However, just like any Miscellaneous file, you need to be very picky about what goes in that file.
Misc. Suzy Pictures
Many times when I am downloading pictures, I go ahead and edit them. This comes in handy when you need to quickly share a picture with someone. If you edit, while you are downloading, you don't have to spend a lot of time editing prior to sending the picture out....it is ready to go.
One of the best tips I can give you about organizing photos is don't organize them all!
DELETE SOME PHOTOS!
Yep, it is not a sin to delete a photo of someone you love. If you have 30 shots that look similar, pick your favorite 5 and delete the rest. In the future, you are going to enjoy looking at 5 pictures that make you smile as opposed to wading through so many pictures.