With all of the pressure from environmental organizations on reducing waste, many have opted to go paperless and store documents on their computers. By doing this there is less clutter floating around your home and office. However, computers need to be organized as well. Simply saving things in the hard drive will quickly use up space and slow down you computer’s functions. Also, if you need to find something specific, you’ll find it may take you hours by the time you check through all of the existing saved documents.
If you have Microsoft Word you have the ability to create files. If you have one computer in your home then have a file for each member of the family. These files will eventually get full so at various intervals through the year have a computer clear out. Tell everyone they have one week to sort their files or everything will get dumped. This way, all of the things that you need will be saved and the less important items can be discarded.
If you live on your own or want to clean up your work computer, folders can help with this as well. Just create folders for certain sections of your life. Perhaps bills, appointments and so forth. This way you can access things easily without having to wade through years and years of old documents. Learn to use your folders section. You will be amazed how quickly things accumulate.
If you have a lot of things stored and genuinely need all of them, than consider getting some back up computer disks. Even though you may need everything, some things will still be more important than others. Keep the more important items saved on your computer and the others on disks. This way you can keep computer space free and still keep everything. Make sure you label your disks and keep a good filing system. This way you can still access what you need quickly.
With the pressure to go paperless, many of us forget to keep our computers organized. You need to keep on top of these things so you computer runs well and you can get to what you need.
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