While digitizing and backups are a part of a complete photo management plan, you also need to ensure that original print photos that you choose to keep are being preserved safely.
Store in archival-safe materials (acid free). (See our detailed photo organizing resource guide which includes the archival products we recommend.)
If physical space is a concern, consider digitizing all your photos but then discarding the less precious print photos after everything have been digitized. In this scenario, you’ll keep only the “best and brightest” originals in print.
Finally, check out this episode of Hawaii Public Radio “The Conversation” that gives more great tips on preserving your special photos and other memorabilia while living in Hawaii, which has a climate that is particularly challenging for preservation.