DIGITAL DECLUTTER SERIES
When creating folders, you can make them deep or wide.
Deep folders mean that when you open a folder, you’ll find other folders and when you open them, they breakdown the topic more specifically into other folders. (This makes me think of Russian nesting dolls.) On the other hand, wide folders tend to encompass a big topic (say, insurance) and when you open the folder, you encounter a lot of documents.
Deep folders can be annoying because you have to click, click, click on folders until you get to the group of documents you’re looking for. The advantage to deep folders is that each screen is fairly clutter-free since it only reveals other folders until you reach your destination, a handful of documents within a file. Wide folders (the folders aren’t really wide, just the topic contained by the folder) open up to a bunch of documents. So, if they aren’t well-labeled, it will be frustrating to find what you want. On the other hand, you don’t have to worry about making folders and moving around documents.
When I first heard of these terms used this way, I realized that I’d naturally created deep folders. Don’t know what system would work best for you? Start wide and break down topics into other folders as needed. You may start with insurance, work it down to “health,” “car,” and house” insurance and then only create more specific subfolders as needed.
Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.