Are you guilty of being a digital hoarder? Perhaps now's the time to get those files in check!
I get it. I’ve been in your shoes. I can relate to the 'digital clutter woes', believe me. As someone who can’t resist buying the latest deal from design sites, my folders can quickly become jam-packed with all the latest graphics, fonts and who knows what else. I know how important it is to get rid of the digital clutter. I also know that if I don't, if those folders of goodies I buy don’t get sorted right away, my Design Resources folder will become a lost cause!
Having your files too jumbled to find what you need is an endless nightmare. But here’s the good news: there’s an easy format to follow to make sure your files stay neat and tidy! It’s one that I personally use to organize files for clients, as well as any resources I purchase or download. This simple guide can help you to organize files and keep storage retrieval safe and sane.
By using folder names that are consistent and include the parent folder’s name, you’ll be able to search a million times easier. Although it may not seem necessary to organize files with the client’s name on each one, I assure you, it is! When emailing files back and forth to your clients or getting feedback on work, it's extremely helpful knowing whose file is whose.
When naming your files, be sure to include the date! This is critical to know which version you need to work on. I save a copy of each major revision I make so that, if necessary, I can go back in and grab whatever I need from the old file. This comes in handy more often that you might think!
Not sure what you can sort through or may need to toss? This article on SMEAD’s website can help you determine what should stay and what should go.
Everyone has their own unique way of keeping their digital files together.
How do you organize your files?