Reorganize the blog files
When I started my blog, my organization plan for my blog files was simple. I created a “Girl, Organized” folder, and then a few subfolders for pictures and blog design. It slowly grew to more folders as I wrote more blog posts, read more blog tips, & designed my blog. Also, I love saving printables, ebooks, and design elements, so I eventually created even more folders! Next, I started separating my pictures by posts, so they were easier to find. While I still kept creating folders for every post, I sometimes found myself just placing files in the generic Girl, Organized folder to “file away later.” Yes, that happens to even the most organized!
I do try my best to file it away immediately because it does only take few seconds, but that does not always happen. Every few days, I take a minute or two to go through my downloads, then place everything in their respective places if I’m keeping them, or delete the ones I know I’m getting rid of. Since I have blogging for almost 6 months now, it is time for an overhaul of how I organize my blog files.
What I started with
The pictures below are what my Girl, Organized folder looked like before the reorganization process began. Let’s be honest, y’all, it is a bit of a mess. I mostly knew where everything was, but I kept getting lost in my own files. Change was definitely needed!
Let’s ignore the main documents because those need to be better organized as well! Baby steps, y’all. Do what you have time to do, and break down big tasks into smaller, more doable tasks.
The above pictures are a few examples of some of my bigger folders, that really needed some added subfolders and reorganization. First, we have my Pictures folder which started as a good way to organize the photos for my blog post, but has gotten too big to sort through easily. Second, is my Printables folder because I like to save any printable I find. They are always so helpful! While this one isn’t as bad, it is definitely in need of improvement. Third, is my LLC or Business folder. This folder holds documents, information, and invoices for my organizing business, but it has no subfolders! There are several other folders as you can see, but I am going to focus on these.
Plan it out
First, I took out a pen and paper and wrote down my current folders and the subfolders I wanted to keep. Then, I brainstormed ideas for new subfolders, and how I wanted to reorganize my blog files.
I decided to make a Blog Posts folder which I separated by years and then months. I also have an Unpublished folder for posts I’m working on. When I am done with those posts, they will be moved to the month folder. I’m already loving this! It is so much easier to find pictures for my posts to upload to wordpress or when I would like to post an older picture to social media.
Make new folders
So once you have decided on your plan of action, the next step is to start making those folders and placing your blog files inside! I also went ahead and renamed a few files or took out some words so I could better understand what they were without opening them.
I did a major overhaul on my previous “ebooks” and “organizational education” (What a mouthful!) folder, and decided to combine them. I had my ebooks under the printables folder before, but they didn’t really belong there. I divided this new “Education” folder into Blogging, Business, Growth, Organize & Misc. This makes it so much easier to find an e-book when I need it.
Then, I repeated the process for my other blog files, Printables, Pictures, and LLC folders and created better categories for my subfolders in each of these folders. My Pictures folder is now for miscellaneous images that do not go in posts.
While this post is geared toward my blog files, you can easily take these same tips to organize any of your digital files!
How do you organize your blog files?