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Time to get organized

In this day and age, personal computers, smartphones and tablets have become a significant part of many people’s lives. As individuals continue to rely more heavily on technology, it’s important to find time to decrease areas of clutter in order to stay organized.

Most people find that their computers have become a sort of “catch-all” of unnecessary junk. A cluttered computer can make the process of finding important information quite a challenge. Plus, being bogged down with information can cause slower-than-normal operating speeds. It is a smart idea to periodically go through the files on a computer, sort them accordingly and delete items that are just gathering dust.

When establishing a filing system for the computer, you can sort files by date or subject matter. You also can organize it just as you would a regular filing cabinet.

1. To begin, first assess what you have and the importance of this information. Items that are accessed frequently are of top priority. Initially, you may want to create three folders on your desktop labeled: “Toss,” “Keep” and “Unsure.” As you open files or view their time stamps, move them into one of your newly established folders. Breaking down the information into more manageable digital piles will help make the process less intimidating.

2. Once you’ve decided which files stay in your “Keep” folder, permanently delete all of your “Toss” files. Now, you’ll begin the process of categorizing the items you’ve decided to keep. Look at each file and find the common threads between them. This will help establish an organizational system. Perhaps you have images saved that are interior design and renovation ideas for your home. Put them together in a folder key-worded with “Design Ideas.” If you have resumes or professional correspondence, coordinate these files together.

There are various ways to keep a computer clean and organized so that it works efficiently; it’s just a matter of finding a system that works for you.