The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I’m getting the urge to purge.
This doesn’t happen every year. I’m not exactly what you’d call a neat-freak, but I’m not a complete slob either. I’m somewhere in the happy middle. But for some unknown reason, this year, I’ve been getting this nagging feeling to purge my electronic files. Yes, my files, not my house, but my PC drives. I’m a bit of pack-rat when it comes to my e-files. I don’t delete anything. So, what ends up happening is I have duplicate and triplicates files of lots of things.
The files are daunting to look at. If they were hardcopy files, I’d have mountains upon mountains of paper everywhere. It makes it so difficult to find anything. Plus, talk about all the storage space all those files are taking up. It’s like a closet in a home, eventually it fills up and all your stuff begins to spill over until you can’t close the closet doors anymore.
That’s about where I’m at with my e-files. So, with a large cup of coffee next to me and my favorite snack to fuel me on, I’ve started deleting the duplicates and triplicates from my drives. It actually feels pretty good. I’m cleaning up and getting more organized. This is one of my goals for this year as I get out of my comfort zone.
Cleaning up my e-files, makes room for other files to come in.
This is very spiritually symbolic for me. I’m ready to get rid of the clutter I don’t need and leave room for good things to come in.
Plus it’s just a good thing to do. As an author, I need to be more organized and efficient. It’s not really of value when I have to spend hours just trying to find the final-final copy of my book cover, or the final-final copy of the manuscript and wondering if that version is what I uploaded into Amazon. Now, with clearly labeled folders in my PC, I know exactly what I have and don’t have.
I can breathe a sigh of relief.
If you haven’t looked at your e-files in a while. I would recommend spring cleaning your e-files too. It’s amazing how good it feels to be de-cluttered 🙂
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
– William Morris