The Virtual Organizing Tool You Need Right Now (Free Desktop Wallpaper)

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how did I not know this computer organizing tip before? Download this FREE organizational wallpaper to your computer desktop and sort your folders to get work done quicker and more efficiently!

There’s something rocking my organizational world lately, and after using this tip for a few months I had to share because it might rock yours too. One area of my life where I often find myself distracted is on the computer. Between running two businesses, writing a book, and storing/ editing photos, the desktop was totally bogged down and visually cluttered. Downloaded items had nowhere to go and I couldn’t find any of my folders quickly. My to-do items were getting buried as well. Then I discovered you could download an organizational wallpaper to your desktop and use it to sort all your items, like a virtual out-in-the-open filing cabinet and I was HOOKED!

how did I not know this computer organizing tip before? Download this FREE organizational wallpaper to your computer desktop and sort your folders to get work done quicker and more efficiently!

Since I couldn’t find one online that matched my needs, I created this free desktop wallpaper with several columns you can personalize. You can add titles using Picmonkey.com (it’s so easy!) and then upload to your desktop and get organizing.

how did I not know this computer organizing tip before? Download this FREE organizational wallpaper to your computer desktop and sort your folders to get work done quicker and more efficiently!

Using the blank template, I added categories for To-Do, Blog, Young Living, Post to Social Media, and Personal. The green box at the bottom is to hold my most often used resources (logo, watermark, stock photos, etc). The best part is you can customize it completely to your needs! Add categories for work, activities, kids, action items, and more. Here’s a close-up screenshot of part of my current desktop:

how did I not know this computer organizing tip before? Download this FREE organizational wallpaper to your computer desktop and sort your folders to get work done quicker and more efficiently!

HOW TO USE THE FREE ORGANIZATIONAL DESKTOP WALLPAPER

1. First, you’ll need to download it to your computer by clicking here or on the image below.

how did I not know this computer organizing tip before? Download this FREE organizational wallpaper to your computer desktop and sort your folders to get work done quicker and more efficiently!

2. I’ve sized it at 1920 x 1080 dpi to make it high resolution, but you might need to find the right screen resolution for your computer. You can find that by going here.

3. Next, you may need to resize it to the specs from step two. Go to PicMonkey.com and use the resize tool. While you’re there, use the text tool to add the categories onto the boxes.

4. Now, save it! Then, upload it that as your desktop wallpaper. You may need to search Google for the directions on how to do this for your specific computer. I have a Mac, so I dragged the wallpaper into my Pictures folder. Then I went to the Apple menu, clicked ‘System Preferences’, then ‘Desktop and Screensaver’, and chose the wallpaper from the Pictures folder. Each computer version is different, so just Google your computer type and how to install desktop wallpaper and you’ll be good to go!

how did I not know this computer organizing tip before? Download this FREE organizational wallpaper to your computer desktop and sort your folders to get work done quicker and more efficiently!

Try it out and let me know what you think. Okay, next up… I need someone to tell me how to organize the 37,498 photos I have stored on my computer (really). Anyone have an easy 10 minute solution for that one?

how did I not know this computer organizing tip before? Download this FREE organizational wallpaper to your computer desktop and sort your folders to get work done quicker and more efficiently!

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6 Comments

  1. I have heard that Lightroom is the best way to organize photographs, but I use Bridge to sort through mine. Also, this coming from a photographer, purging the bad photos is one of the best ways to organize them. Don’t keep the -almost- good ones. It could be easier to retake a photo than to use a picture that you either have to fix or have to spend a long time to find. Also don’t keep multiples of the same shot.
    I know how hard it is to get rid of photos but purging might be your best organizational tool. I wish I could show you how I organize my folders. I use a folder to name the year, then in the year folder I name the event and add a date. And they don’t go on my desktop. They are in my documents folder. Then I can use Bridge to search. I also can delete when I am in Bridge. Just be careful of throwing away the entire folder, which can be done if you aren’t careful.
    Hope I didn’t bore you with all this. Your photos are wonderful. Thanks for the desktop image. I download a lot of research. This will be helpful.
    Jenn

  2. This is a terrific idea — I already organize my desk top but putting related folders and documents in columns (unmarked) but having the headings would make it so much easier. One thing that has been an issue for me is that occasionally when Windows installs automatic updates it reorganizes my desktop icons and moves them all over and I have to re-organize the whole desktop… very time consuming.

    As for organizing photos… boy, could I use help with this one as well. Waiting to see what you come up with!

    1. I bought a program called “fences” that allows me to wall off categories of apps in the order that makes sense to me. For example: apps about writing go under that heading, ditto for decorating, computer programs, etc. Windows updates do not affect the layout. It keeps me sane because visual ramdomness jangles me.

  3. Carrie, this is a fantastic tip! Never would have thought of it, yet just reading your post makes me realize how helpful this will be! Thank you, big-time! (And if you find that 10-minute photo organizer, let me know!)

  4. Oh, how smart. I love this. My desktop is always a hot mess… maybe this will help. Now I need to organize my methods so I can implement this.

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