Brian X. Chen is a leading technology technology reporter for The New York Times.
Many of us are looking for ways to simplify our lives by getting rid of items we no longer love at home, thanks to the start of the new year and after watching the Netflix series To order with Maria Kondo, in which the Japanese guru Uchi how is it better to arrange?
But what about those objects and things that are not at first glance?
Think of all the crap we hold in our digital devices, such as the thousands of photos on our phones or the accumulation of files on the hard drives of our computers: old job presentations, cost bills and image displays that are not open in years .
In addition to digital clutter, hardware contributes to the accumulation of objects and trash that does not cause joy in our lives. You must also have a drawer full of old cell phones, tangled cords and headphones that are never used … and the cords used, such as chargers throughout the house, are obscene.
Why are we so bad about coping with the technological accumulation? Kerry Fortin, a professional organizer of New Minimalism, said: "We do not think much about the costs of fixing things, but we think how much we would have to get rid of them, if one day we need them and we do not have them anymore."
Do not be afraid I'm a tech critic who tests dozens of devices annually so that every day I have to deal with extraordinary amounts of technological products and accessories – in 2018, I took home nine mobile phones, two tablets, four smart speakers and fourteen external batteries to browse them – and then try to organize them around me.
These are my recommendations so you can organize your physical and digital technology, as well as advice from professional organizers.
According to the professional organizers, the main culprits for the technological disruption in all homes are freight forwarders. Part of the problem is that we usually need different types of cables for different products, such as smartphones, batteries, cameras and personal computers. These accumulate and form terribly freezing.
This is the way you can solve the filler surpluses with a few steps:
• Collect them all and get rid of those you do not need
It's easier to say than to do, but there is a general rule. "If you do not know what it is, get rid of it," said Marissa Hagmeyer, a consultant for the organization and co-owner of the home organization Neat Method. He added that if you have additional cables or duplicates, such as micro-USB cables, just hold two.
During the process, you can get rid of a cable that you will need later, but that does not prevent you. "You can buy a new one if you really need it later," Fortin said. It's better than spending space on something you might need.
Use the same access to other technology devices, such as obsolete mobile phones that you have saved: if you have not used it for six months, get rid of it. It is possible to respond responsibly to technological add-ons and devices that you no longer need; Look for donor centers or electronic recycling programs.
• Assign a place for attachments
Choose a space in your house where there may be all the cables you have, such as a closet, a cabinet, or a drawer. Classify the cables there and place them in different compartments. I separate the various cords I have – headphones, phone chargers, USB cables for different purposes and computer chargers – in Ziploc bags and put labels on them. All bags are in the drawer in the furniture on my TV.
There are different approaches to organizing your loaders. Families may think that each member has his own barrier. For example, the iPhone charger, the laptop and headphones of your son Juan can enter the Ziploc bag with a label that reads "Huany Cables".
This step is essential.
"If you do not have a special space for your belongings, then you waste time each time you look for them," said Keith Bartolomei, a professional organizer in Zen Habitat.
• Hide scattered cables
Even if you find storage space for your loose cables, there may be some that you leave connected all day long. There are methods to hide the cables or, at least, remove them from the floor.
Bartolomei recommends using rubber bands or twisted links to hang the cords of your furniture; on the feet of benches, for example. There are also products that cluster and hide cables, such as cloth-sleeves or boxes that cover overload protectors. What I'm doing to pull away the cables is to use an organizer of a magnetic desk that I put on a metal table.
You may think that it's not worth organizing your digital devices, because your files are not visible in the real world. However, adhering to all of these data consumes valuable space in your devices and makes it difficult to find important files. Professionals recommend debugging and marking what remains.
• Make an annual cleaning of files that you no longer need
It's a simple process, if you do it on a computer: open the folder and classify the files according to the date you opened the last. This way you can immediately delete the files that you have not opened for years.
On your mobile, eliminating unnecessary applications that deal with space. Apple offers iPhone and iPads a tool for viewing saved content, which shows a list of applications that occupy more space and the date you used last. On Android devices, Google offers a similar tool in the configuration menu. From there, you can worry about the busy space and delete applications that you have not opened in months.
• Manage your huge photo gallery
Professional organizers consulted with consent: deleting photos is the most troublesome process, since the idea of removing your memories can be painful. However, photos are from files that have the most data, so it's essential to give galleries continuous maintenance.
Begin to get rid of the easiest: duplicate images, blurred images and old screenshots.
Then continue with the hardest part. Delete decent images, but they are not your favorites. Bartholomew, from Zen Habitat, recommends that each photo be seen and asked: "Is this something you want to see again? Does it make you happy? Do you want to spend more time with this picture in the future?" If you do not answer On some of these questions, then move the photo into the recycling drawer.
What I'm doing to manage digital imaging is to clean everything without doing any kind of organization. I use Google Photos, which automatically create a backup for each image in the cloud, collects images in albums and includes a tool to delete photos that are already on your device. (Also, I keep all my photos on an external drive, if I do not like Google Photos one day). Then I delete all images on my iPhone every six months and pay $ 2 a month to manage thousands of my high-resolution photos.
No matter which approach you accept, be sure to organize your digital data. Although they do not occupy physical space, the disorder can be harmful.
"They take up a lot of psychic space and cause the same negative effect: anxiety," said Fortin, from the company New Minimalism. "Since we all have our mobile phones in our pockets, we take that chaos with us everywhere."
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