My last post showed the photo books I make to remember my kids' childhoods. Because I make at least 3 books a year I've had to come up with an organization process. I've been making these books for seven years and have been known to become overwhelmed by them. Now that I've made so many, I have a process that works for me. Hopefully you can take some of my elements and come up with a way to organize your photos so that you can make photo books too!
I use a MacBook Pro and this is what my iphoto screen looks like. I take a ton of photos; more than most people I know. I keep an "album" (similar to a folder) for every month.