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.