I'm going to be really transparent with you right now. I'm talking super vulnerable, so don't judge me - OK?
I am a digital hoarder.
As I preached cleaning up my MIFE (mind + life) as this month's #Chickspiration challenge, my current unread email numbers for two of my accounts (not counting that account I made just so I could sign up for mailing lists and get 15% off...you got me adidas) clocked in at 511 on inbox 1 and inbox 2 at a hefty 785. And my desktop, well it looked something similar to this:
I have a problem and I'm here for help.
My coworkers would probably be quick to chime in about my actual desktop because it doesn't look much different. Even when I work at home, there are papers, there is a laptop, and I am surrounded by so many TINGS that even my dog has grown a disdain for work time.
While I am clearly a work in progress in every sense of the phrase, I do feel there is a significant difference between my desk space and my desk top: One is messy and needs organization. The other was a hot flaming mess. Feel free to go ahead and *insert fire emoji* in your mind right now.
So, when I decided to make it public knowledge that I'm actively in Spring Clean mode, I thought: this is my chance to see my desktop again! I also thought this might be a good opportunity to connect with those of you who can identify with my digi-hoard life and let you know that you aren't alone, but we gots to do better. GOTS TO.
Take a look at 3 ways I cleaned (and am still cleaning) up my digital life.
1. Dive Into The Easy Stuff First
Two weeks ago I set aside some time to wrangle the beast and decided it would be best to tackle the easy stuff first: all the crap on my desktop. Everything mostly comprised of jpegs, screenshots, gifs and iMessages (IDK...IDK...IDK...), so I just highlighted them and deposited them safely in the virtual trash can. For good measure, I also went in and deleted everything in the trash just to make sure it was gone FOREVA. For anything that I didn't want to toss, I created a 'Desktop Only' folder and made my drop. In roughly 5 minutes, I could once again see the purple mountains majesty on my Mac backdrop. Yay for me.
After all that clutter was done away with, I really felt motivated to ether all other e-files that had accumulated since 2010. Macalicious has been with me a long time, guys. Next, I had to tackle the files I created specifically for this here site. Which leads me to...
2. You've Got To Organize Some Time...That Time Is Now
You'd be surprised how many digi-things one can accumulate when building a website, designing logos, shooting promo shots, preparing posts, etc. It was a wasteland in that little 'CNK' folder. A pit of actual digital despair.
Much of the stuff I would be lost without is backed up so, I started with the most recent and decided to work backwards. Unfortunately, my inner hoarder hates the organized me so, some things weren't named (58589353485385934859.jpg...there were lots of these) and I had to actually open a number of items just to check to see what I was highlighting.