According to my delicious.com account, I have 19,954 bookmarks.
That is ridiculous.
Every organize-your-clutter book I’ve ever read and every organize-your-clutter reality show I’ve ever watched has the same basic rules. They developed these rules for physical things but here’s how you can apply it to your bookmarks.
You get 3 boxes: a toss box, a donate box and a keep box. Everything goes into one of these three boxes. Once you’ve sorted and tossed and donated, then you find appropriate storage, totes and shelving and so-forth.
Physical / Digital
- toss / delete
- donate / share
- keep / save
- proper storage / proper tagging
Step 1. Delete
Which means delete dead links, links to services you no longer use, and links to articles which mean nothing to you now. (For example, this article about Disney acquiring Marvel.)
Step 2. Share
Email the links to friends, post on your networking site of choice, or well, blog about them. And then delete them. (For example,
Step 3. Save
Links to blogs, feeds, and sites you visit at least once a month. This is equivalent to using something once a year for for material stuff. (For example, Anisible posts once a month.)
Step 4. Proper Tagging
Consider the big picture and make a folder or tagging system that includes all the topics that interest you. (For example, you can use broad categories such as communication, news, games, and top ten alien invasion movies lists.)
Personally, I have tagged my links using the Dewey Decimal Classification System. I showed it to my sister, and she actually backed out of the room.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a few bookmarks to sort through…
- Declutter Your Thoughts Instead of Your House (1-2-3getorganized.blogspot.com)
- De-clutter Your E-mail 101 – 5 Simple And Effective Solutions To … (clintonskakun.com)
- Declutter Any Room In Three Easy Steps! (stacksandstacks.com)
- “Decluttering for the Holidays” and related posts (mysimplerlife.com)
- How to Declutter Your Home Fast Before a Move (money.usnews.com)
- Bookmark Sentry Scans Your Chrome Bookmarks for Dead Links and Dupes [Downloads] (lifehacker.com)