My son is in charge of a computer art department at a local high school. Last night when we were talking, he was frustrated with his co-workers for what he called “digital hoarding.” Apparently, they save everything and delete nothing. This limits the space left on the computers, so he went through and cleaned them all out by deleting everything. This way the new semester could start off fresh for the classes coming in. Of course, someone needed something that they saved on their computer.
This is so me. I save everything because I’m afraid if I delete it, I’ll need it someday. I know this isn’t rational and I also know there are external hard drives and flash drives available to save things on. The problem is that I have saved things on flash drives and then I can’t remember where I put the flash drive. At least if it’s on my computer I should be able to find it. Should being the key word.
I’ve even set up folders to be more organized, but those are jammed full of stuff I’ll probably never use. A few months ago a friend freaked out when he saw my desktop filled to the brim with stuff. He cleaned it all up for me and promised spot checks to make sure I keep it clean, but it’s not easy.
Now I wonder how writers handle digital hoarding. Do you save everything? Are you afraid the minute you delete it you’ll need it? Or are you able to hit that delete button with no regrets?
Bottom Line: I may have to find a support group for this.