In the 21st century, it’s almost impossible to get by without having some degree of personal access to a computer. While an argument can be made that students and business professionals have the strongest need for these devices, home managers can benefit just as well. By maintaining an organized, functional computer, tasks like monitoring appointments and corresponding with family and friends can be much less of a hassle.  Below are some tips on keeping your computer running at its peak performance.
  • If you often struggle to track down obscure documents or programs that haven’t been accessed in a while, then it’s time to devise a new on-screen filing system.  Start by creating new folders; identify them based on the tasks you normally address while on the computer.  
  • Make an effort to reduce the number of unused items on your desktop.  If the first thing you’re seeing with each boot-up is a cluster of program links, then attacking this is a must! You should only see icons that you use every day.
  • Go through your entire hard drive and delete files that no longer have any use to you. Then, take the remaining content and consolidate everything into fewer folders.
  • Finally, examine what’s sitting in your email box — and how long it’s been there.  Go through and delete junk mail, old appointment reminders and dated messages from friends. Cut down on the number of saved messages, too. The final step should be to archive the messages that remain, similar to how you addressed the hard drive.
An efficient home manager needs a well-organized home computer. By maintaining the most useful piece of technology under your roof, the lives of you and your loved ones will enjoy smoother sailing every day.