Google Drive Organization
I spent some time organizing my personal Google Drive last night. I had some time, and I was avoiding putting laundry away (my least favorite chore). However, as much as I don't fret over clean laundry laying all over, I cannot stand my files not being organized.
Last week the school took our laptops back to re-image them for the new system at our school. That means that the day before I was dumping my laptop files into Google Drive without much rhyme or reason.
The first thing I did was go folder by folder and eliminate duplicates. This is when I noticed that my drive is 31% full. It says that in the bottom left corner. That seems like a lot for me, but I have both my husband's and my most recent phone picture drops on there since they were on the laptop.
I took a few minutes to transfer the pictures to our external drive. They are also uploaded to one of the three photo sites we use, but I can't remember which one because I use Snapfish, Shutterfly, and Walgrees depending on who has the best sale at the moment (not a great organizational plan, but a cost-effective one). This will be a slight issue when I go to create yearbooks for our family.
Back to Google Drive. I have a separate folder for each of my family members, and one called Other People's Stuff for everyone else like when my brothers send me papers to read because I never know when they might come in handy.
I love the sort by most recent feature in drive. It really makes finding things easier for me. I know you can search, but I usually forget the actual name of the document and typing out is so time consuming.
I then created folders by major areas of my life: College/Grad Work, Finances, School (because some things ended up in my personal drive, but I shared this one with my school account), Menu Planning, Girl Scouts, etc.
Next came the time consuming part: going through each item in my drive and either trashing it or putting it in a folder. This takes time, but you can mass move items by using the check box. I went through and checked all the school stuff before dragging it to the school folder.
Honestly, I am still working on this because I only give myself an hour at a time to organize it. I have yet to tackle my school Google Drive, but that is a MUCH MUCH bigger job.