I tend to like to hold on to things. My father used be the tosser/organizer in our household. He would sometimes get carried away and toss important stuff. I on the other hand would keep too much stuff and the important stuff would get lost in it all. I am trying to find a happy medium between these two extreme styles. I've quickly filled up my free cloud storage at Google Drive and Drop Box (I am now going to open a Skydrive account at Microsoft for additional storage). I don't want to pay for cloud storage I would rather put that money towards other things. Over the years even a small cost adds up.
I've been catching up on my backups to the cloud. Doing this I've noticed how bad my computer filing has been and how inconsistent I have been when it comes to putting things in the right folder. So I am cleaning up sweeping out and reorganizing as I go along. What I am discovering as I go along is:
- I should try to limit the number of folders I have because that it over complicating my filing.
- I should toss duplicates because I am backing up to several places anyway.
- I need to keep the collateral information separate I have some merged with my own line.
- When it comes to backing up first save what can't easily be replaced ie stuff that's not already stored in digital form on a reliable site like Ancestry.com or Family Search where I can access again.
- All my important documents linking generations need backing up no matter how easy I can replace them.
- Name my files appropriately so they will come up in my searches. I sometimes download and don't name something or give the file an obscure and can't find it again.
- I should backup any new document or photo I get immediately, otherwise, I will forget later whether it had been backed up or not. I don't have enough space to back up everything over and over.