I have tons of images across my physical drives and unfortunately because I was inexperienced, I have saved them using a very poor method of file management (which is making lots and lots of unnecessary folders each inside one another), or I've stored them totally out of any order.
Luckily, I've not faced a problem with managing my camera photos because they are already organized by their date and event (I'm an amateur photographer so I don't have lots of photos, they are mostly family photos), but managing everything besides that is literally impossible. There are at least 10000 images from different sources which metadata and EXIF data do no good in finding and organizing them (their creation date or camera is not important), and they have numbers in their file names so it's impossible to find a specific image by typing its name into a program like Everything.
They include almost every interesting images I found on the internet and decided to save them; cars, famous people and celebrities, phone screenshots from web pages, industrial or tech hardware images, and many other things which I may have forgotten that they exist in my collection.
So it's impossible to find something in my archive, they are not cataloged and I even forget what does my collection contain!
I've spent almost a week trying to sort them into folders, but I failed. Other than it's being really slow and time-consuming, some pictures are hard to sort into just a single category or folder unless copying duplicates in several folders which is not wise to do so, in my opinion.
So I thought maybe I should tag them like how social media works... but I'm not quite sure.
I know there are pros and cons to every sorting and organizing method, but I just wanna know which works the best?
What's the best way in your experience to organize/categorize/catalog/... (or what else they call!) image files? Should I do it by sorting them into folders? taggings? filenames?...?
And what can I do now to organize my messy collection?