Tips for National Clean Up Your Computer Month
Organize Your Files
Back Up Your Computer
Everyone relies on technology. Computers, laptops, tablets, and phones are staples of modern life. However, it’s easy for these devices to become cluttered with old photos, files, and general disorganization. Luckily, January is National Clean Up Your Computer Month and an excellent time to get your technology in order. Over time, computer towers can become clogged with dust, which creates additional, unwanted heat within your computer. Regular cleanings will increase the lifespan of your computer and protect its essential components. Compressed air is great for removing most of the dust and other particulates. If the fans or filters are too dirty, you can remove them from the tower to clean them better. If you use water or liquid cleaning products on them, be sure they are completely dry before placing them back into your computer. Start by Dusting
Naming and arranging the files on your computer in such a way that they’re easy for you to find can end up saving you a lot of time. Declutter your workspace by creating one file for pictures, one for Word documents, one for spreadsheets, and one for programs to eliminate the hassle of frantically searching for the files you need.
Be sure to back up your computer before you start deleting things. This acts as a safety net in case you delete something you didn’t mean to. Additionally, consider installing a second hard drive. The extra space can help with storing important files without having to worry about how much room is left.
Clean Up Space
Any files you’ll never use again should be deleted. Likewise, any programs you haven’t used in a while should be uninstalled. Check your hard drive for files that might be taking up unintended space on your computer. And remember to empty the recycling bin — it’s easy to forget just how much goes in there.
being served by hospitals across the world. Families travel far to spend weeks or months with their kids for treatment. This is a long time to be away, and there is nothing scarier to a kid than facing a medical issue they don’t understand. When your children are sick, you need the best care possible, regardless of how far away you have to travel to get it. Ronald McDonald House enables these families to have access to specialized medical treatment by providing a home for them, so they can stay close to their children at little to no cost. These houses are built on the idea that when a child is sick, nothing else should matter to the family. It’s an idea we share, which is why we were honored to partner with them to help those families in need in our community.
Not only does Ronald McDonald House provide housing for families but they also provide an assortment of other services. Some of these include home-cooked meals, private bedrooms, and playrooms for children. Ronald McDonald House goes beyond these services with educational programs, fun activities, sibling-support services, and even unique suites for children with weak immune systems. The Railroad Park event is a great way to take families’ minds off of the challenges they face every day. It’s hard for them to stay positive and enjoy the holidays, so we’re grateful we can do our part for them. If you want to get involved, visit RMHC.org/get-involved for more information.
F or families with little ones in the hospital, it’s hard to enjoy the holidays. We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to give back to our community. This holiday season, we were honored to provide tickets for 50 families currently staying at Ronald McDonald House to Railroad Park’s BrrrminghamWinter Adventure, which includes ice skating, a giant ice slide, and winter games for both adults and children.
If you’re unfamiliar, the Ronald McDonald House provides crucial resources to children and their families
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