8 • Useful Tips To Clean + Organize Your Computer

8 • Useful Tips To Clean + Organize Your Computer

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Chances are, you’ve grown up, being scolded about cleaning your room, your school locker, or even your car. We know very well that maintaining a clean living space can be equivalent to living a stress-free and happy life. It’s comforting to know where your belongings are and satisfying to function in an organized area.

However – when was the last time you cleaned your computer? Probably the space you spend the most time. A clean computer acts the same as a clean bedroom.

Follow these tips and you’ll be amazed as to how much better you feel and how much more efficient your time on the computer will be. You can devote a day, or do it gradually, but make it a priority to thoroughly clean your laptop or PC.

THEN, go back every 1 or 2 months, and make sure everything is maintained.

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1. Create Your Main Folders

Create ‘generic’ folders that will divide the content and sub-folders contained.

  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Blog [or work]

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2. Create Your Sub-Folders

  • Create more specific sub-folders to further organize and divide your work
  • Organize Documents: School ➔ Personal ➔ Work
  • Organize School Documents by Year ➔ Semester ➔ Class
  • Include a Folder for your Resume, Job Application, and Cover Letter
  • Have a Folder for your Personal Information including: Taxes, Budgeting, Medical Information, Insurance, Lease Agreements, etc.

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3. Go Through Your Photos

After organizing your photographs into the appropriate folders, go back and delete photos that you either have no interest in, that hold painful memories, or just the duplicates and blurry copies.

  • Organize photos according to year, date, or event
  • College ➔ By Year
  • Family: Parties ➔ Celebrations ➔ Travels
  • Friends: Parties ➔ Events ➔ Year ➔ Friend (?)
  • Old Photos: Junior High ➔ High School ➔ The photos you use against your friends!
  • Travel: Name ➔ Place ➔ Year ➔ Ex. Cruise, 2011
  • Videos: Place ➔ Year ➔ Holiday ➔ Project

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4. De-Clutter Your Desktop

Your Desktop is the most important part to your computers organization. This space should allow you easy access to Files and Documents that you use frequently.

  • Remove your school files from the previous semester, unused applications, and photos that you’ve already filed away.
  • Reward yourself with a new Desktop background. Specifically, one that makes you stress-free and happy.
  • Remove icons you don’t use, often. This won’t delete the program, but will instead just get rid of the shortcut.

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5. Organize Your Email

Although it’s not a direct part of your computer or hard drive, your email is an important place to clean regularly to prevent from getting overwhelmed.

Create files according to your most frequent senders, block the junk mail that comes in consistently, and delete the irrelevant emails you’re finally fed up of seeing.

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6. Rename Your Files

Whether it’s from being lazy or in a rush, we’re all guilty of labeling our documents as a jumble of keyboard letters and numbers. For example: “masokcmsao”

It’s time to go back on those files, open them to find out the content, and finally label them appropriately. You’ll be thankful you did this in the future.

Make this a habit going forward!

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7. Clean Your Computer ( Literally )

Use Q-Tips to get the dirt and germs out from between your keyboard buttons. You can use a handheld vacuum or a specific keyboard vacuum to collect dirt, dust, hairs, etc, but make sure to be gentle!

NEVER squirt or spray a cleaning solution (rubbing alcohol) onto your computer.

If completely necessary, spray the liquid onto a cloth before using.

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8. Tend To Your iTunes

It’s time to go through your iTunes or music folder.

Delete songs you’ve lost interest in or haven’t listened to in years. Label the other music according to album and artist for easier accessibility.

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Other

  • Delete old or unvisited websites you once Bookmarked
  • Remove unused applications and your computer will function faster. Make sure any file you delete has no importance first.
  • Purchase a backup hard drive and transfer all files (once cleaned) over. This will ensure that no matter if your computer crashes or breaks, you will always have your files safely backed up. This will save you from future stress.
  • Use applications like your address book and calendar to your advantage. Having your information in one location will help your life remain organized.
  • Finally, empty the trash can and enjoy the sense of relief.

Follow these tips and it will be as though you’re using a brand NEW computer.

You will never frantically search folder upon folders for your assignment due tomorrow and your favorite photographs will never be forgotten. Your time online will be more efficient – enough that you’ll regret not doing this sooner!

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