Now, to be clear, I am definitely no tech guru but I do know some sneaky tricks to help to keep my desktop uncluttered.
A clutter free desktop makes for more calm, more organised and definitely helps in finding things more easily.
In her book, Sink Reflections, Marla Cilley the FlyLady refers to the kitchen sink as being the starting point for a more organised and clutter free home. She recommends keeping the sink shiny to keep C.H.A.O.S (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) away. Our computer desktop is the office equivalent of the kitchen sink. *(You can purchase her book here) – it’s awesome.
In February 2017, my desktop had become a confusing mess of desktop icons, files, pdf’s and other documents. My computer was making me feel very unhappy. These are the steps I took to rectify my overwhelming desktop clutter:
- I deleted everything that I clearly no longer needed.
- The documents that needed to be filed I dragged into their correct folders.
- I created a New Folder called February 2017 and dragged in all the remaining documents.
My reasoning behind my February 2017 Folder was the same thinking that I use with my wardrobe. Anything remaining unworn after 12 months should be ditched or donated. So I am going to go through that file and trash everything I haven’t used.
Here are my 5 tips for keeping the desktop uncluttered and organised:
- Invent a simple folder system which enables you to store your documents where you know you will be able to easily find them.
- File or delete documents as soon as you have finished working on them.
- Discover the world of sectioned wallpaper. There are a multitude of options available which divide your screen into clear headings and make it easy to find items on your desktop. Here are some free ones.
- When downloading, you don’t need to save everything to a file. Sometimes you download an item for a single use and it will be right there in the download file. Use and delete. You can set a reminder to purge the downloads monthly.
- Use a wallpaper that you won’t want to cover up like a fancy motivational quote on your desktop. This is another cheat to keep the desktop clear. Head on over here to find a lovely one .
Happy desktop purging and may your computer be a place of calm.
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