Spring File Cleaning and Hard Drive Nostalgia

In the past few days I’ve been making a focused effort to clean up my computer’s hard drive and move more files into the cloud – where I have a slightly more organized system.

More organization and less clutter is always a good thing, whether you’re finding them in real space or in digital space. But I didn’t expect to experience so much nostalgia.

While going through files I’ve accumulated over the course of more than 4 years, I’ve found:

  • The proofs and versions of the bulletin for my grandfather’s funeral
  • The (planned) schedule for groomsmen of my brother’s wedding, which went out the window with Hurricane Matthew
  • Videos of myself from just a couple of years ago at my job, going on oblivious (as I am now) to the fact that I looked like a child
  • An audio outtake/joke from a podcast I recorded years ago
  • Old ebooks and drafts of books I copyedited back in the day

These weren’t tangible keepsakes, but they still brought back great memories. And I’m glad I’m preserving them now in the cloud.

If mere organization isn’t enough of a motivator for you, just consider how much nostalgic fun you might have if you really dived into your hard drive this spring. Odds are good that you’ll find plenty that will make you and your friends smile, laugh, and reflect.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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