Organize Your Computer The Frugal Way


Welcome to day fourteen of Organize Your Home in 31 Days the Frugal Way.  Today’s challenge is to organize your computer without spending money on any fancy systems.  We are going to make it easy for the non-techy person which by the way includes me.  I am, however, fortunate to have a son that has almost completed his degree in computer science.  He has been a tremendous help in the writing of this post.

I find that I can save a whole lot of money by using my computer and online resources.  The generosity of others who share their talents freely is encouraging.  Free printables, free downloads, free educational resources, coupons, free books, free programs, free courses, it is amazing what you can find online for free.  The problem is how do you know what sources are safe?

As a general rule.  Do not download anything that you don’t know the source of!  (I have accidentally done this and ruined my computer!)  Please be careful.  Here is a FREE program to remove malware from your computer.  My son uses this at work and on his home computers.  We also have NetNanny installed on all our computers


The key to computer organization is to stay on top of things.

 Make sure to clean, manage files and downloads,

delete and back up your computer every month.  


Let’s get started, I have divided these tasks into three sections.


CLEAN your computer at the very least once a month.  If you haven’t been organizing and discarding files as you go, it’s likely your hard drive is stuffed with downloads, unwanted photos, file copies and other things that you have no idea where they came from.  If you don’t clean your computer it will run slower and even make some interesting noises! FILE FOLDERS AND PHOTOS

  • delete duplicate files (start by clicking all my files)
  • clear your systems cache ( for Mac start by clicking on disk utility and windows disk cleanup)
  • delete your download folder of items and pictures you no longer want.
  • If you have an older unit defrag it.



  • merge duplicate folders
  • find a permanent home for pictures and movies
  • move all your documents to the documents folder and make subfolders
  • clean and organize your desktop


BACKUP all the information you have stored on your computer on an external hard drive or USB jump drive.  Another FREE option is to store everything on google drive.



How do you organize your computer the frugal way?




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About The Author

Janelle Esker

Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.


  1. Christin Pilakowski | 25th Mar 17

    I like this post very much. I will definitely be back. Hope that I can go through more insightful posts then. Will likely be sharing your wisdom with all of my friends!

    • Janelle Esker | 27th Mar 17

      Thanks for your kind comment and I am so glad you found the post helpful!

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