Cleaning off your computer

The 2nd Monday in February is Clean Out Your Computer Day. Maybe instead of a day, you need a week or a month. How about spending just a few minutes at the end of each day cleaning off some files. Get in the habit of doing this regularly and you can keep your computer clutter free.

Here are a few tips to get you started. (Some of these can apply to your smartphone as well).

  • Delete any software or apps that you no longer use.
  • Take a look at your computer’s desktop and delete any files you know you no longer need. Last week’s list of errands is probably no longer relevant.
  • Go through any folders you’ve created and delete files you no longer need.
  • Delete duplicates of any files. Do you really need 4 versions of something? Keep only the most recent.
  • Create folders for each person in the house and start putting relevant files into each person’s subsequent folder (if it’s necessary to keep).
  • Go through iTunes and delete any music you no longer listen to or want to keep.
  • Go through your photos and delete any duplicates, blurry photos, etc.
  • Create files for your photos to keep them organized. For example, mine are labeled by year-month-topic (2013-3-Trip to Santa Fe). Use a naming system that makes sense to you.
  • Clear out old emails in Outlook or Mail. Archive old emails if you have many you want to keep.
  • Go through your contact list and delete duplicates or remove any contact that is no longer useful.

Ok. This list should get you started. Schedule some time to back up your computer and try to get in the habit of cleaning up your computer’s desktop and files on a regular basis. A clutter free computer is a happy computer!

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