TBT HERE: I showed a picture of my written pic list a few days ago. Many friends mentioned "just" keeping theirs by month in folders.
I do THAT too. I keep all my pics original size, but crop, adjust, and resize. And then export to Mac Finder.
I have folders divided into categories (far left). Then I have folders by year. After that, I have folders in each year divided into months. "2107" means 2021 July (07). After that, each series of processed pictures get a date. So "210710" means 2021 July 10th. But that is the saving date, not the individual pic date.
I save all the processed pics at 150-299 Kb to save space. Larger ones don't show up better on the blog, but I also keep the original sizes for other reasons in Photo. I may send the original Mb sized ones to the Cloud someday, but I still have space here for now. I have a 1 Tb hard drive Mac Mini.
I spent a career that required obsessively organizing information, so it is hard to stop even after years of being retired. Well it was a natural talent. The IT guys in the old office went crazy trying to follow my files. They were used to people just putting EVERYTHING they did in "documents", LOL!
But I thought you all might enjoy seeing "maybe over-organized". LOL!