I’m sure you can relate to the feeling of having a tidy room, a perfectly cleaned up kitchen, or even an absolutely decluttered work station with no random things lying around. To me, it’s the most peaceful feeling in the world. I feel as if I can finally breathe. But, trust me, this feeling isn’t just reserved for a tidied up wardrobe, neatened drawers, or desks alone, I have the same feeling when it comes to having my computer!

While, there are so many among us who rely on their computers for their daily tasks, it means our computers too are susceptible to gathering a fair amount of virtual trash and remains. Regrettably, not only does this bog down processing speed and time, it can also wind us up in searching for the tools, resources, and information needed to fix up what we messed up.

Though, if we keep it organized and de-cluttered, it won’t be as much of a headache.

Down below are some useful tips to help you giddy up and clean up your computer for a more organized ‘you’:

1. The magic word is ‘organize’.

When you create or even download a file, it is quite likely that we leave it in the default file location. But, this can cause trouble. The easiest fix for this issue it to create a sensibly named file folder which houses all the similar files. Not only will this help you locate it whenever you need it, it will take less virtual space on your screen as well.

For example, you might create folders and name them year-wise, so you can easily archive your old files based on the year of use or creation. Similarly, you can create a separate folder for your legal documents or medical records even.

2. Clear out Your Desktop.

Of course, your desktop is the first thing you lay eyes on when you system is on. A heavily cluttered desktop will only draw you away from your system. Plus, it doesn’t leave a good impression if someone, maybe a colleague passing by, notices your desktop. I mean you can’t stop anyone for judging you if they see a mess right?

Your cluttered desktop doesn’t just have an adverse effect to your computational power, but offers a gateway to your files, folders, apps, tools, and other resources. A well-maintained desktop can help you access anything you need any time you need it.  

Make this a thumb rule – avoid storing files, folders, or even program shortcuts on your desktop. If it is an important file, you can place it temporarily there, but not for long-term storage. Besides, it’s not safe putting a confidential document on a somewhat openly visible place such as your desktop.

3. Use Cloud Storage.

Cloud storage has rapidly gathered quite a liking for business as well as personal use. If you take advantage of this growing trend, you can do yourself a huge favor by saving your virtual space while keeping everything organized. Some popular e-storage options include Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and Bitrix24 among a few that offer free usage under a specified limit.

Since data is stored online on cloud servers, users can easily log in their accounts using their valid login credentials to access and control their information from anywhere at any time, even from their mobiles.. So, you see, cloud storage provides flexibility, scalability, and a space for storing your files.

Plus, no worries and apprehensions about losing data because of viruses, natural disasters, or even a computer crash, since it is stored up on remote cloud servers.

4. Purchase an external hard drive.

While cloud storage is one option, having an external hard drive is another viable way to store your files without directly storing them on your desktop. The only difference is that this type of storage is in the form of physical device, not some cloud storage facility. Hard drives come in different sizes and styles and provide different range of storage capacity.

Even though, a hard drive does not offer the same accessibility or scalability that cloud storage can, but it still offers that much needed help to store your files, especially when your system runs out of space.

When it comes to your computer, you cannot possibly get rid of everything that doesn’t bring you joy, but yes, a proper cleaning and regular maintenance can make a noteworthy impact on your day-to-day life, plus increase your efficiency and productivity.

It’s high time you let go of the clutter you have been hugging onto for a long time and fix up the mess!