February 20. 2015
Two more bags of books and three new flash drives about sums it up for today.
I stopped at Best Buy last night on the way home and scouted new laptops. It’s a real brave new world out there and it’s getting to be a real challenge to weigh the stuff you like, like Windows XP, against those neat touch screens and cool swivel keyboards. I got a little overwhelmed and decided to let my son take on this particular challenge. I want a smaller machine to go along with all the other downsizing I’m doing here. And I am looking forward to establishing a new filing system.
But I did pick up three dinky flash drives because one of the best parts of the 40 Bag Challenge is to clear out your computer clutter too – and I am so ready to do that. I copied all the files that sit in my Dropbox accounts onto one dinky drive and then sorted everything into two general categories: writing and photos. The goal will be to not duplicate the files and scatter them around the way they were in the Dropbox. I want to set up my files so the photos are sorted by location and date – instead of “NYC.” I’ll probably end up with 30% of the files I have now. And if I keep my writing sorted, instead of all over the place, putting together my next book will be a breeze!
The bye-bye book bags are stacking up. Because we don’t have a car and will have to get a car service to cart them to the library, I only want to make one trip. But, I’m running out of big bags already. I’ve been pulling them out of my souvenir canvas bag collection – they are all going too.
Tomorrow, I’m going to clear out the files on my laptop. After all, if I get a new machine, I’ll have to back all my stuff up anyway, right?