If there are files all over your desktop and it’s a nightmare to locate important documents, this blog post is for you. A messy computer is not only frustrating, but it can curb your productivity. Organizing your computer will free up storage space and boost overall performance. Here are some quick tips to get started.

1. Create an Inbox File

Create an Inbox file for current projects, so you have easy access to them. This will ensure nothing is accidentally deleted.

2. Ditch Duplicate Files

Getting rid of duplicate files is a good place to begin organizing your computer, but it can be time-consuming to track them all down, especially if they’re saved in multiple places. The simplest way to locate duplicate files is with an app like Disk Drill.

3. Delete Unused Programs

There’s no reason to hold onto unused programs that are just occupying space. Check out what’s lurking in your Applications folder.

4. Photos

We all hoard digital photographs we haven’t looked at in years. Now is the time to back them up with a digital hard drive, or cloud storage service. If you want to dive deep, there’s plenty of free software available to make digital photo albums.

5. Skip the Desktop

Avoid storing files on the desktop. It creates clutter. Instead, put them in their place before it piles up.

6. Use Descriptive File Names

Once you get rid of the extra junk, it’s easier to sort through what’s leftover. Create meaningful folder names. Once everything is separated into main files, it can be further tidied up into subfolders.

Organizing your computer is a process. After all, it didn’t get messy overnight. We don’t leave dishes in the sink for months, or stuff clean laundry in a cupboard. Organizing your computer is like any other chore. It feels better when our lives are in order. The most important thing is to just get started.