Brian X. Chen is a New York Times consumer electronics reporter.
Many of us seek ways to simplify our lives at home, to eliminate things that are no longer in progress, after the start of a new year and seeing the Netflix series. Request with Marie Kondo! Japanese Guru Better organized.
But things that are not before and things?
Turn on everything that we store in our digital devices, like the accumulation of files accumulated in our smartphones on thousands of ours, or the hard drives of our computers: opening years of old works, receipts and screen shots for years.
In addition to the digital obstacle, hardware helps to accumulate objects and helps to improve the junk that does not create joy in our lives. Surely, even if you have a mobile phone with no mobile phones, a wired cable and a headset, and cables that are scattered around the house, the cables are not so pleasing.
Why are we so bad with technological accumulation? Cary Fortin, the professional organizer of the new Minimalismo company, said: "We do not think about the cost of retaining many things, but we will take into account how much it would cost if we need some of them one day and we do not have them right now."
Do not be afraid I am a technology critic for testing a year's device, I have to deal with the huge number of technological and accessory products in 2018. At home I took nine mobile phones, two tablets, four speakers and 14 external batteries. to review them – and try to arrange around me.
These are my recommendations to be able to organize your physical and digital technology, as well as advice from professional organizers.
In every home, necessarily, the main technological mixtures, according to professional organizers, are carriers. Part of the problem usually requires different types of channels for different products, such as smartphones, batteries, cameras and personal computers. They gather and make up a tangle.
In this way, you can fix excess chargers in several steps:
• Collect all of them and delete those you do not need
It's easier than done, but there is a general rule. "You do not know what it is to get rid of," said Marissa Hagmeyer, organizer consultant and home organization Neat Method. If you have cables or duplicates, for example, micro-USB cables, you just keep two.
In the process, you may have to remove the cable you need later, but it will not stop you. "You can buy a new one later if you need it," Fortin said. It may well be if you waste space in vain.
Use the same approach with other technology devices, such as outdated mobile phones: if you have not used it for six months, to get rid of it. It is possible to have compatible compatible accessories and devices with the future; Free search centers or electronic recycling programs.
• Appoint a place for accessories
Choose a space in your home where you can have all the cables, such as a closet, cabinet or drawer. There, place the cables in the different compartments. I separate cables – headphones, phone chargers, USB cables and computer chargers – Ziploc bags and labels. All the bags are in the drawer of my TV furniture.
There are several ways to organize chargers. Families believe each member has their own compartment. An IPhone charger, laptop, and your son's Juan headphones, for example, have a Ziploc bag with a label that says "Juan Cables".
This step is essential.
"If you do not have special space for your objects, then you will lose time whenever you look," said Keith Bartolome, a professional organizer of Zen Habitat.
• Hide scattered cables
If you find a space for storing your loose wires, there may be some of those that leave you connected throughout the day. There are some methods of concealing cables or, at least, removing them from the floor.
Bartolome recommends using rubber bands or bends to attach cables to your furniture; on the board legs, for example. In addition, there are cables and hide products such as hoses or boxes that protect the load overloads. When I keep the cables on the ground, I use a desktop magnetic board that is placed on a metal table.
Perhaps you think it's worth noting to organize your digital devices, because the files are not visible in the world. However, all of these data consume a valuable device on devices and finding files is difficult. Professionals recommend that they stop debugging and labeling.
• You do not have to make any annual cleaning of the files you need
It is a simple process if you do it on a computer: open a folder and sort files by opening the last day. This way you can delete files that you did not open anytime soon.
On your mobile, you need to load unnecessary applications. Apple offers iPhones and iPads a tool to review the content stored, which shows a list of databases that take up more space and last time. On Android devices, Google offers a similar tool in the configuration menu. You can take care of and eliminate any requests that you have not opened since then.
• Manage your large photo gallery
Professional organizers have consulted: deleting photos is a challenging process, because it can be a painful idea to delete your memories. However, photos are the most data files, so keeping in touch with galleries is essential.
Delete the easiest ones: photo blurring, fuzzy images and old screens.
Then follow the hardest part. Delete captions, but they are not your favorites. According to Bartolomé, in Zen Habitat, you can see every single picture and recommend yourself: "Do you want to see something again? Are you happy? Do you want more images in the future?" Unless you answer any of these questions, move the photo into the recycling tray.
The management of digital images is everything I need to do to manage it without having to make any organization. I use Google Photos, which automatically creates a snapshot of each photo in the cloud, collects images from the collection and is a tool to erase photos in your device. (Also, I protect my images from an external drive, I do not like Google Photos for a few days). Then every six months I delete my iPhone images and I'll pay 2-month Google 2 dollars to manage my large photos in high resolution.
Take no closer look at how to organize your digital data. Although they do not occupy the physical space, the disorder can be harmful.
"They take on a great psychic space and cause the same negative effect: anxiety," said Fortin, from the company Minimalismo Nuevo. "Everyone has our mobile phones in our pockets, we'll take that mess with us everywhere."
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