clean out your computer day

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The 2nd Monday in February is National Clean Out Your Computer Day.

You can clean your computer any day, but having a dedicated day might make you commit to doing it.

I’ve been experiencing a lot of computer challenges lately. I got a new computer and somehow I managed to delete everything from dropbox and when transferring everything.

Long story short, I had to send the computer back twice for repair and scrambled to get all my documents in place. While I waited for the computer to be returned, I noticed that I had documents I didn’t refer to. Just like physical decluttering, I let go of the things I didn’t need.

It takes seconds to delete a document, so do it when you discover something you don’t use. Don’t set up a folder to put documents in until you can go back and decide. Just delete it. If you’re not sure, don’t delete it. But if you downloaded a recipe eight years ago that you’ve never made or articles about a place you never visited, you’re probably not going to miss them.

The problem with setting things aside for “later” is that later never comes. Instead, make it a habit to weed your electronic files periodically. You can create your own Clean Your Computer Day. In fact, you can schedule it once a month. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed by trying to clear out all the junk once a year.

P.S. I got the computer back a few hours ago and I’m too tired to go through the process of setting it up, so wish me luck. Hoping this time it’s home for good.

Marcie Lovett, Organized by Marcie
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