Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Organize Your Desktop

Hello Bloggers!

As I was blog hopping for organizational ideas to implement in my classroom, I came across, what I feel is, an amazing concept from Shayna over at Science Teaching Junkie.  Her blog post is titled Organize Your Desktop, hence my title for this post.  I wanted to pass on her easy tech tip, in case you are also in need of some organization to your desktop.

Let me start by saying, I'm the type of gal that likes things clean and organized.  However, since this blog was born on July 1, 2014, I have ended up with screenshots taking over my desktop!  Did this happen to anyone out there when you were a "newbie" at the start of your journey into Bloggersville?  It's like my computer has crossed the threshold into the Chaos Zone!  All of a sudden, I can't keep things straight.  What is happening to me?

After some thought, I figured I'd deal with the chaos temporarily to knock off a few steps when accessing my files.  For instance, a picture for a post- I find it easier to just attach a file straight from my desktop, instead of locating a folder, that's inside another folder which contains the picture I want to use.  Here's a PERFECT example, the picture above from Shayna's blog- that picture is sitting on my desktop as I type.  After all is said and done, yes, I'll remove it.  Nevertheless, the files I need frequently will most likely remain on my desktop.   

In any case, Shayna created a file in PowerPoint with all of her adorable backgrounds and clip art frames, then titled each frame with whatever fit her needs and saved the file as an image.  That image became her desktop backdrop.  Please click HERE to read her detailed post.  

I generated my own backdrop and wasn't originally going to show you because I quickly added a background and frames for my own use.  I didn't pay attention to where I got the clip art in order to credit the wonderful people who created the designs.  However, I took the time to go back into my files, so I could credit those who deserve credit.  My quick creation is below and it's working like a charm for me.  

Background: Mindi Vandagriff; All Frames: Graphics from the Pond; Round Purple Label: Kady Did Designs

I'll get more creative down the road, but for now, I've taken steps to leave the Chaos Zone.  Serenity now!  If any of you are Seinfeld fans, I may have put a smile on your face. ;)

Have an organized day!


  1. So cool! Thanks for sharing a great idea :-) I hate when my desktop looks like the chaos zone!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I'm glad I stumbled across Shayna's blog. ;)

  2. This has been on my list of things to do for a few weeks now - yours looks great!
    Growing Little Learners

    1. Thanks, Anne! It's never been on my list before because I wasn't creative enough to think of it! LOL. Now that I've spotted the idea, though, I'll be having more and more fun with my desktop designs!

  3. Serenity now, insanity later...thanks for the fancy tip!

  4. I have an OCD issue that doesn't allow me to have ANY folders or files on my desktop unless they're temporary. I know. I'm weird that way! These backgrounds are super cute, but I know I'd never use them!

  5. I wish I had some of that in me when it comes to my desktop! When it comes to cleaning, yep, OCD. ;)


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