Marie Kondo’s organizing lessons basically boil down to one main point: take what sparks joy, and leave what doesn’t – a simple, yet extremely effective way of thinking.
You may be thinking that this way of thinking isn’t possible with your files, because files are inherently boring and it’s not like you can delete work files, hello!
While it’s true that you may not be able to delete your boring work files, this doesn’t mean you have to groan every time you open your downloads folder. You too can be free from the non-joy-sparking files.
How to do it:
- Separate profiles. First off, it’s a really great idea to have two separate computers. One for work, and one for personal things. This may not be economically feasible (or very storage friendly), so if that doesn’t jive with you – you can also create separate profiles right within your Chrome browser!
- Creating separate profiles within your browser allows you to separate work and play – if you’ve got all your work tabs open in the same profile and window as your Instagram and personal email tabs, things can get confusing very quickly and your mind can feel cluttered.
- This also allows you to save time from logging in to work-related websites over and over again – just login once in your work profile, and then just open it up the next day and go! No need to log out of your personal Facebook and log in to your business one.
- Get rid of old files. You may want to do this by connecting all your Clouds to Dokkio (it’s free) and then organizing your files from oldest to newest, and then deleting the oldest files – if you don’t need them anymore. Without Dokkio, this might take you anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours or more – with Dokkio, you don’t have to login to each Cloud (OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft Teams) and delete files one by one.
- You can also order files in your computer by order of most to least amount of storage – delete higher-ticket storage items first! It helps clear up your computer faster.
- Sometimes, we have photos or old drawings we’re reluctant to let go of, because we “might use that again”. But the truth is, you’re not, and it’s taking up space. Either put it on a USB you can then lose and forget about, or delete them.
- Put all files that do not spark joy in a separate folder. Again, separate work and play. Your play folder can be as disorganized as you’d like, but make sure your work folder is properly organized so as to maximize efficiency and not waste time – ex: work -> old projects; taxes; current projects; to-do list. The list goes on and you can tweak this to your liking – everyone organizes differently in their head! Make sure to do something that works for you.
- If it’s a super old work file, chances are you can load it onto a USB and place it in your office, where it is then totally not your fault if it is lost, because it was definitely on your desk so someone else must have moved it. Years from now, instead of treasure chests filled with gold, archaeologists will be finding old desk drawers filled with Ye Old USB drives.
- Decorate your computer/desk. This is a small one, but it can have an impact! If you’re working in the dingiest setting, it’s not going to be easy to get in the working mentality and it can be hard to get started. Make your work space a designated spot and organize/decorate it in a way that pleases you and sparks joy when you see it! Make Marie proud.
That’s it! Make sure to use Dokkio to speed all this up for free and use its AI to organize your files even while you’re sleeping. The more files in your Cloud and Dokkio, the less files in your local file folder cluttering up your computer and making you miserable.