Yesterday, we began decluttering our desk. Today, we will declutter our desktop.
One of the things that drives me crazy is when I install a new program and it leaves all sorts of icons on my desktop. It also drives me crazy when I have all sorts of popup notifications in my Windows taskbar telling me everything that I don’t need to know. These are nonurgent situations presenting themselves as though they were urgent. It disrupts my life and it’s something that I finally decided to put a stop to.
I am not going to attempt to reinvent the wheel on this one. I have found some great articles that thoroughly go through processes for getting things organized. What I will recommend is reading through them, picking some things that work well for you, and discarding some that don’t work well for you.
Here are a few guides on how to do it:
- Five Steps To A Kinkless Desktop
- A 3-Step Cure For Digital Packrats
- Desktop Zen – Reducing Visual Clutter On Your Desktop
Of course, if you use windows and just love storing junk on your desktop, you can always Right Click > Arrange Icons By > Show Desktop Icons. Be sure it is unchecked, and all desktop icons are gone. But it has merely avoided the problem, rather than attempted to solve it.