If you've been keeping track, no, I didn't skip Week Four - it was pantry/fridge declutter time and since we keep up with this pretty regularly I didn't have much to do. About 1/3 of a kitchen trash bag of freezer burned opened & partially used foods (french fries, chicken nuggets, etc.) that my darling offspring left in the bottom bin of the freezer made it to the trash. I had already reorganized the shelves following a shopping trip the week before. So before/after photos would have looked identical. Therefore, no post.
But here we are at Week Five - which was a "choose your own" hot-spot. And I chose the one thing that has been bothering me the most lately - the excess virtual clutter on my computer! I was just getting way too many gigabytes for one girl and knew I needed to let some go. The beauty of this kind of clean-up is no mess - nothing to sell, donate, or put out at the curb on Tuesday morning.
I started with my email in-box. It went from this:
After the e-mail folders, I moved to my "C" drive (the internal computer drive). I try to keep as little personal stuff on this drive as possible because the computer actually belongs to my employer and I have to give it back if I ever leave. Still, just like with physical "stuff", virtual "stuff" does seem to accumulate where it doesn't belong!
On the "C" drive, specifically "My Documents" I started with 6.5 GB of data in 1296 files, 179 folders. After some ruthless deleting and transferring my online class files to my external drive, I ended with 4.5 GB of data in 409 files, 140 folders. I even defragged the drive!
Next stop - Kay. or "K" drive - my external hard drive. She houses all my photos, digi scrap supplies, online class materials, completed albums and digiscrap layouts. In other words - my life. Everything important to me. I use ACDSee to tag and organize all this virtual wonderfulness. But when I lost my first beloved external hard drive last year, although we were able to recover all the files, all of my tagging and organizing was gone. Gone! Countless hours of work vanished into thin air.
I never had the heart to go back and recreate all that work. Which also means, I really haven't done much digiscrapping in the last year. In fact, my last art journal layout coincides with the loss of all that tagging. So Kay was in dire need of some love and attention. I have spent the last three days tagging with kit name and author and starting to tag with categories. It is a long and tedious process and right now I'm still in digi kits. I haven't even touched photos yet.
I have also been ruthlessly deleting digi products that I know I will not use (I used to download every freebie that came along - kept Kay fat and happy). As a result, Kay has lost some virtual weight, going from 150 GB down to 134 GB. Not bad for a few days work. Wish I lost weight that easily! Where is the button that deletes fat cells???
Final stop on my virtual Spring Cleaning was my Google Reader. With Shimelle's Blogging for Scrapbookers class, my Google Reader subscriptions had soared to well over 200. I had been slowly deleting throughout the course, but was still at 175 this morning. After about an hour, I am down to 75 blogs in my reader - which is still 25 more than I usually allow at any given time (I have to keep this in check as my time for blog reading really is limited). But I've added some great new blogs to my "tribe" folder and will continue to cull what is left in the BFS folder over the next few weeks.
Now cross your fingers that my computer's virtual loss of excess fat will help it gain some energy. The sluggishness of late has been infuriating! :) What about you? Do you keep your computer on a healthy weight limit? Or does it prefer to be fat and happy? If you go the "save everything" route, how do you keep it all organized so you can find files when you need them?