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                                                              Ditch Digital Clutter
                                                By Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch

    Who says clutter is a problem reserved for physical spaces like the hallway closet or your work
desk? Although it's not as physically imposing as actual clutter, virtual clutter can wreak havoc on your
ability to get things done. Whether it's the documents that pile up on your desktop or the emails that
date back to the last decade, digital clutter makes it harder to interact with the basic functionality of
your computer or device or worse, slow it down dramatically. Fortunately, with a few helpful hints, you
can get your computer Buttoned Up faster than it takes to download that hysterical video clip everyone
at the office is raving about.

Alicia on 'The Big Clean Up'

'Whether digital or otherwise, before you tackle any big mess, the question of 'where to start' is often a
major cause of hesitation and procrastination. This is particularly true for virtual clutter, where the
concept of 'cleaning up your files' pertains to the desktop, your inbox, and potentially hundreds of other
files. Considering that task monolithically is daunting to say the least. But you can overcome that inertia
by focusing your attention and energy on one specific area of your computer to get in order. Whether
it's finally deleting or archiving those old emails or getting the multitude of your media downloads in
one folder, pick one area and get started. You'll find once you make some progress on one front, it's
much easier to keep going!'

Sarah on 'The Desktop Dump'

'We're all probably a little guilty of saving at least a few files to the desktop and letting them linger there
a bit too long. It's fast and may even seem like a good idea; after all, who could argue with you that
saving to the desktop means that important file will be front and center when you need it? But if you
aren't careful, your desk can quickly become something we like to call the Desktop Dump. One of my
colleagues used to save everything to his desktop and was constantly frazzled because he could never
remember what he named important presentations or which files were current and which were old.
Screaming at his desktop didn't seem to help locate the files any faster! To keep your computer free
from this form of digital clutter, be vigilant about moving files to an appropriate storage folder once the
immediate need to access them passes.'

Here are three ideas that should help you tame your digital clutter:

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#1: Learn to Share

There are bound to be files that people other than you will need access to. Instead of sending never
ending attachments or burning spindles of CDs, create a shared folder on everyone's desktop or set up
a remote folder on a site like Xdrive.com that others have permission to access. After you set up the
shared folder, simply drag any file in and everyone has instant access.

#2: Out of Sight but Not Out of Mind

Consider purchasing an external hard drive, flash drive or back up device. The extra storage space will
let you hold onto any outdated files that you don't need immediate access to but are too important to
toss. While you're at it, use the external drive as a safety net and back up the contents of your
computer. That way you're prepared for any digital disaster!

#3: Routine Check-Ups

Just like a garden, your computer is more likely to stay neat and healthy if you spend a little time on the
'weeding out' process now and again. So to ensure your files and folders stay clutter-free, commit to
routine 'bite sized' check ups. Try taking five minutes on your lunch break or after the kids are fast
asleep to delete old emails and files.

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                                                           Clutter and Confusion
                                                             By Suzanne Solle

Clutter and Confusion by Suzanne Solle

 I am always throwing and giving things away. Clutter has always annoyed me. However, as much as I
detest clutter, I am surrounded by it and even contribute to it.

I can now clearly see I'm kind of a clutter snob. I have looked down on people that are pack rats and
just can't seem to get it together. Their desks look like a toxic waste dump site and it takes them
forever to find one thing buried in the mess.

On closer inspection, however, I create and live in clutter as well. My desk is not threatening to break
under the weight of un-dealt with paper, but I have almost 100 E-mails that I need to process. I have a
tiny digital recorder so I can record ideas and information at the time I think of them. My plan is to listen
to them daily and do whatever needs to be done with the information. Instead, I've used up almost all
of the recording time and haven't done much with what I've recorded. Oh my God, I'm suffering from
digital clutter! I've updated an age old problem and brought it into the 21st century. You, too?

OK, enough complaining -- time for some action. If we feel overwhelmed and depressed a little too
often, getting rid of physical clutter may not cut it for us. It may be time for some judicious life pruning.
When I get in this mode, anything that doesn't move me toward my most important goals or recharge
my physical, emotional or spiritual batteries is outta here!

If you're feeling the physical and/or emotional weight of clutter of any kind, here's a few ideas to create
a clearing in your life. Some of these may seem insignificant, but every little simplification adds up just
as every unwanted aspect of clutter does.

= If you keep getting E-mail newsletters that you always delete anyway, use the unsubscribe link and
get off their list. If that doesn't work for some reason, use the filtering tools in your E-mail program to
automatically send these messages into the E-trash.

= Go through your magazines and catalogs and pull out the pages that you want to save for later, then
throw the rest of them away. Put the articles you want to read, the images that speak to your heart, and
the things you want to buy in separate folders.

= If there's something you deal with every day, such as your hair dryer, an unsharpened knife or a
crappy pen that just aggravates you unmercifully, throw it away! Or fix it or replace it. These "little"
stressors are a major cause of physic clutter.

= For a general life malaise, I prescribe looking at what you're spending your time on and shaking
things up. It amazes me how such intelligent creatures as we can be lulled into mindless, joyless,
useless repetition. Some things that have worked for me when I get into a funk are to change my
morning routine, change the time I get up or go to bed, change what type of exercise I do, call people I
haven't talked to in years, do something I haven't done in years (water gun fight, anyone?) In other
words, drop something and pick up something new.

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