Take it one square foot at a time. Don’t look at the entire mess, just pick a spot and start there. You may want to treat the cat mess first; an enzymatic cleaner like Nature’s Miracle or Simple Solution or something like hydrogen peroxide can help.
For the computers, find places near you that will recycle electronics. If you’re in the U.S., start here. Many big box/office supply stores also have programs in place.
Good luck, pace yourself, take your breaks, and keep us posted.
I organize mine by action/emotion. Like, I have “dancing,” “high five,” “fist bump,” “thumbs up,” etc. Some people organize by source material (TV show, movie, or artist). Whatever system you think will work best. Make the folders first, then just drag and drop into the appropriate one.
Word. I unsubscribed from about 25 shopping email lists a few weeks ago, and holy crap is my inbox happier now.
Clear ‘em out and start from scratch. When you want to reblog something, post it to your queue or schedule it for another day, but deal with it right then and there.
Take ten minutes and unfuck your browser’s bookmarks. Delete anything you don’t use, make logical folders and drag and drop that mess of links into something more streamlined and easy to figure out.
This is relevant right now! The following things are your friends when unfucking digital stuff: folders and clear, descriptive names. Start with the flders you use most often, spend 20 minutes cleaning stuff up (including deleting where appropriate), take a 10-minute break, then move on.
I try to keep my inbox to a number that doesn’t make me panic at the sight of it, and one of the ways I do that is by periodically cleaning house with the delete button. I try to answer as many asks as possible, and generally, if I don’t answer yours, it’s because I had a bunch dealing with the same topic and I answered one, or because it was a tip I’ve already shared (or perhaps don’t endorse/know enough about), or there’s a good chance it got lost because Tumblr likes to eat asks sometimes. You’d think it would feed the servers enough to keep them running.
ANYWAY. Everyone take a few minutes and unfuck your askbox. I have a handful of messages I don’t delete because they’re particularly meaningful, but I think this time around I’m going to screenshot them and save them in their own file because there’s something so satisfying about a big fat 0 next to your inbox.
Canned air to get any food bits out of the keyboard. Rubbing alcohol on a paper towel to wipe down and clean all non-screen surfaces. They make commercial screen cleaner, but it’s pretty much distilled water and alcohol in equal parts. You wipe it on with a clean, lint-free cloth and it evaporates pretty much immediately.
I do the alcohol thing on my work stuff (keyboard, mouse, phones, um, everything else) a few times a day this time of year since everyone in my workplace uses things kind of communally and we pass illnesses around way too easily. Phones, especially, are really super gross.
20 minutes at a time, then 10 minutes of scheduled distraction. Repeat until unfuckery is achieved.
Rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip!
Since I primarily use gifs for reactions, I have them broken down that way: “dance,” “high five,” “fist bump,” “angry,” “Beyonce” (she gets her own folder; don’t you judge me!), and then I give things descriptive names: PsychDance, RobbNotDoingItYourWay, BeyBoom, etc.