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A bit of necessary organizing

Hello ladies,

I am busy organizing….

Organizing my computer and the programs in it.

This is how cool my desktop looks like now:

 

Desktop Organization

 

Isn’t it wonderful! I love it.

 

Oh and do you see how much fuller my blog section is than my work section…. Knipogende emoticon

Don’t tell my boss, mkay?!

 

I used one of the free desktop templates that the awesome Rita from The Coffeeshop Blog made for us.

Oh I feel so organized now.

I have bought and downloaded a ton of Photoshop actions from The Coffeeshop Blog and I finally spent two nights ordering and organizing them too. It had gotten so messy that I never could find the action I wanted to use. Let alone actually remembering which ones I had.

 

Vintage Action Before & After

 

I used the tutorial about how to organize your Photoshop actions from MCPactions. MCP actions also develops really good and useful actions for Photoshop. I use her watermark action and web sharpen action on all my images (both of them are free).

 

Now I just have to organize and back up my documents and photographs. That might take me a couple of nights too. But it is a necessary exercise because my digital clutter is getting out of hand and since my current system isn’t working anymore I spent forever trying to find things.

 

MappingOutYourDigitalLife_th

 

So how about you? Is your computer a mess or are you super organized there? And do you have any tips on how to keep the digital clutter at bay?

What system do you use to store and retrieve those hundreds thousands of images we bloggers make? And are you faithful at backing things up? (I’m not I should get better at that!!).

 

Let’s talk digital clutter conquering and share some tips and tricks. I’d love to hear about how you organize things on our beloved computers.

 

Love,

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Comments

  1. No, I’m not good at keeping the clutter off the computer. Wish I was!
    Brenda

    • Marianne@Songbird says:

      Me neither. That’s why I am hoping for some good tips from ladies who are smarter than me. I’ll pass them on if I get any :-)

  2. Oh, goodness, what a timely post! I just started trying to organize my pictures yesterday, and am in the process of sending most of them over to our hard drive. I’m not quite finished yet, but it already feels so much better!

  3. I can’t even think about my digital clutter until I can organize my physical photographs. When they’re scanned, I’ll have MORE digital clutter- help is needed!

    • Marianne@Songbird says:

      Oh I know about that one. I am the keeper of our family photographs and have forever been promising my siblings that I’d get them sorted and distributed. Oops, feeling the guilt here ;-)

  4. I get overwhelmed by clutter easily, in real life and in my digital life. I have found that keeping up on it daily (ok, every three days is more realistic) helps me. I have five desktop folders: blog, family projects, work, photos, husband (sometimes he will use my laptop for stuff and he likes to leave junk lying around… which is the same in real life too! haha) Also, when I download photos I instantly delete them from my camera and sort them into folders. Then I can go back and edit as needed. As far as the blog, I made one folder for everything on my desktop and then have sub-folders of: main images, social media images, and posts. In the posts folder I have all my posts in separate folders organized by date and title. I actually make a folder for each post and use the date published as the first part of the name. Ex: “04.12.12 How to blah blah blah” That way I can easily find my files, and I know that if there is a folder without a date, then it is unpublished and just has photos thrown in there that need to be dealt with… am I anal or what? Sadly, I have yet to back up anything onto a hard drive. fail.

    • Marianne@Songbird says:

      Wow those are some great tips. Thank you for sharing.
      I save all my pictures to an external hard drive, but have not backed up that baby for ages. Thank you for reminding me I need to do that!

  5. Love this template! Now to figure out whether there’s a way to make my Mac allow me to drag folders around rather than having them automatically stack to the right….

    • Marianne@Songbird says:

      Sorry can’t help you there. In windows it is a setting you can choose in the control panel.

  6. Hello, thank you for this wonderful idea. I checked out the instructions but I tend to be a little impatient reading things. Terrible I know and I blog. Well, I figured out a way to do it myself when I noticed coffee shop mentioned PowerPoint. I’ve created one for work too. I love it. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

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