From your computer to your closet, there's no better time than now to start tossing what you don't need. And we're here to lend a helping hand.Tech Check
Spring-cleaning used to be about dirt and grease. Now it's also about disks and gigabytes. Ian Campbell, president and CEO of Nucleus Research, thinks most computer desktops are bigger messes than any closet or garage. To get organized, he recommends the following tips.
-Start with e-mail. Put everything in your inbox in a dated folder, so you start clean. Use the search function when you need to find an old e-mail.
-Let the computer do the filing for you. You can create rules for incoming e-mail. Your newsletters and specific projects can all automatically go into subfolders that you've created in your inbox.
-Apply the "use it or lose it" rule when it comes to icons on your desktop as well as to software that's hoarding space.
-Standardize your passwords.
-Declutter and recustomize your desktop so you get the stocks, weather, and news you need. He suggests www.myway.com for some help.
-Clean out the spam! Download free blockers from his faves:
www.adware.com or www.lavasoft.com.
There's no better time than the present to start dumping things that don't belong in the dump or your life. To get rid of unwanted batteries, paints, poisons, fluorescent bulbs, fire extinguishers, and pool chemicals - all toxic things that should not go in your trash pickup - go to www.earth911.org or call (800) CLEAN-UP. Give your zip code and you'll get the nearest place to get rid of your unwanted bad stuff. (If only it were that easy for the rest of the things in our lives.)