I love to organize. I organize everything. Somehow I always have several projects going at once, and sometimes for a little while my attempts at organizing looks more like a mess. But eventually, I think, I get to my goals.
While organizing things, I’ve learned that some organizational ideas out there are completely useless, and some are actually very helpful. We are all different, and what works for me may not work for somebody else. Every man to his own taste.
Today I want to share an organization idea that helps me feel more on top of things– organizing my computer desktop. It’s always full of files, pictures, and projects, and dividing these things into at least some categories makes me feel better.
The goal is to get or make a background for your desktop that has several divided fields on it with labels. You can then drag your files and folders into those fields, thus making your desktop look more neat, and you can also find your files quicker.
There are plenty of desktop organizers that you can download for free out there, and there are some very cute ones. While searching I found one and I thought, Well this one is pretty! But I didn’t really need one of the categories on it. Another one was in Spanish, and it would have been much more helpful if it was in Russian. ?
I need something a little more customized, something just for me and my circumstances. Maybe you would like that too! So I’d like to show you how to make your own desktop organizer using the website called PicMonkey.com. It is very easy to use. There is a free version, or if you want more features you can sign up for a monthly fee.
Once you go to PicMonkey.com, on the top of the page navigate your cursor to collage. It will give you options for where to go to get your images. You can either get them from “my computer” or “collage with these.” We will choose “collage with these.”
Next, pick the right size for your collage. On the left, click on layouts. Then create your own. Down at the bottom, put in the resolution for your screen. Mine is 1440 x 900.
Now you can either go to Images or Swatches (on the left), and just start dragging them into your collage. Change your shape, layout, colors. The program guides you through all the steps and is easy to follow. You can change your background color in the Background option. Once you’re satisfied with how it looks, go to edit at the top of the page.
It will take you to another editing page where you can add banners, headings, apples, hearts, bees, hats or whatever else your imagination will permit. Now click on save, and voila!!! You have your own personalized desktop organizer.
Just for fun, to show you my experiments, here are some free desktop organizing images I created. You can download one and simply add your own categories (for widescreen Mac, 1440×900). Enjoy and have fun organizing your computer desktop!