February 13, 2017: National Clean Out Your Computer Day

Judy Eisenberg, Clutter Clearer Coach

National Clean Out Your Computer Day is observed each year on the second Monday of February. The designation was originally sponsored by the Institute for Business Technology in the year 2000.

During the year, I periodically check out my own information and transfer files to appropriate folders, delete outdated information,
computer screen - eliminate the clutter hereand eliminate photos that are no longer meaningful or needed. Yet, this day is a good reminder to me to clean out my computer more often.

If you haven’t done so already, schedule some time on February 13th to re-organize your digital folders, and files into some form of order that works for you.

  • Delete duplicate documents, plus ones you do not use anymore (even if you think you might use them someday, but really won’t)
  • Archive computer folders you don’t need to refer to regularly, such as back taxes. Archiving, especially if you compress or zip them first, separates the files you’re currently working on to free up disc space on your hard drive.
  • Organize your folders and files, once you’ve deleted the old information and done your archiving.
  • Organize your bookmarks, and file them in customized folders on your bookmark bar.  (Bookmarking a website’s address is a method for saving your favorite or regularly used website links, such as Facebook or other social media. This allows you to click on the icon, and get to that site immediately).
  • Clean up your desktop. Delete files you no longer need or use. Perhaps change the wallpaper on the screen for a new refreshing look.
  • Check your computer backup device to ensure the backup system is working. Having a computer back-up solution for your hard drive assures that your data — including all files, documents, and photos — are saved if your computer crashes.
  • Uninstall outdated programs, as they take up space on your computer.
  • And, literally clean your computer! Wipe off the screen using a special screen cleaner, and clean the keyboard and the gaps between the keys.

Make a habit of cleaning out your computer more often than just on the second Monday of February. Your computer will serve you better, and you will be more organized.

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I’d love to hear from you about the steps you already take, or will take, to clean out your own computer!


About Judy

As the owner of the company, Clutter Clearer Coach, I specialize in helping my clients let go of the clutter that weighs them down, and keeps them feeling discouraged and stuck. By coaching with respect, empathy and understanding, I help inspire and motivate them to face their emotional barriers and stay focused while working with them to conquer their clutter and get organized.
For two years I was the Greeter Coordinator for NAPO New England, and now I am a ‘New Member Buddy’. As a Buddy, I share tips and ideas with new members to help them grow their new business, and sit with them at monthly meetings.
I have a certificate in Meeting Management from Bentley University, and am a Co-Chair of the Programs Committee for the Somerville (MA) Garden Club. Walks in nature, gardening, and helping others are a few of my passions.

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