Happy New Year, everyone!

Here at the White house, I’ve been bitten by the organizing bug. It doesn’t happen often, and usually passes if I just spend some time on Pinterest, but it’s almost always triggered by the appearance in the stores of shiny new storage containers.

I’ve even been organizing my digi-stuff! A new 1.5 Terabyte external hard drive somehow got delivered along with all the Christmas presents from Amazon, so I’m putting it to good use and taking the opportunity to clear out files as I transfer them. (More about that in another post, coming soon!)

As part of my mission to clear out clutter, I’m using a few new tools – the digital equivalent of shiny new containers – that I wanted to share with you!

EvernoteEvernote Screen Shot this Evernote is worth getting if only for the clipping feature. Install the Firefox add-on and you get a little elephant head icon in your browser bar. When you get to a webpage that you want to keep, click on the icon. (If you only want to keep a portion of the page, highlight that portion first!) It will create a new note with the content from that page, and you can tell it which of your notebooks you want to put it in, add your own notes to it, and save it. Best part is it also captures the link to where you got that information, so no more saving a tutorial then forgetting where you got it from! But you can use Evernote for so much more. Sir Scrapalot has written before about using it to keep things straight, and I can see how it would be useful for CT work.
Oh, and did I mention that you can get an app for your phone and tablet and sync across all platforms? So handy when I’m at the grocery story and can’t remember what else was in the goulash recipe… just pull it up in Evernote on my phone!

IFTTT – If This Then That –

If This Then That is a great new service that lets you set up little scripts to link up your social media accounts. Want all your flickr photos to be tweeted on your Twitter account? You can set that up! Want only your blog posts with the word “tutorial” in them to appear on your facebook page? You can do that! I’ve only just begun to look at the ways to use this service, but they’ve covered about everything on earth. You can trigger an action with a phone call, an email, or an action on one of the zillion services they have set up. You can also look at other people’s scripts (or recipes as they call them) and if it works for you, use it yourself! I’m thinking this will make it much less time consuming to post across platforms, and to remind myself of stuff!

OhLife – daily journaling service –

OhLife is too much fun! Sign up and every day in the evening you’ll get an email asking you to write a little about your day. Just hit reply and write away. It’ll save your entry, and when you go to the site you can export your postings and download them whenever you want. If you want to be better about journaling your everyday life, this is a great way to do it!

What are you doing to get your digital life in order? Are there cool new tools you are using? Share with us in the comments!

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  1. Zanne says:

    I wish I had your cabinet space… ha.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. cassi says:

    Great post! And I can totally relate to the draw of shiny new containers (and bookshelves, and boxes, etc.). I, too, get that organizing “bug” after the holidays. I’ve used Evernote for a couple of years now and find it indespensible, especially across devices. But thanks (I think?) for the link to OhLife — *love* that idea! (Like I need another daily cyber project at the moment … but the draw is just too tempting!). Also will check out IFTTT; sounds quite useful, especially the recipes and the ability to turn things on and off. Great finds as always! Thank you. 🙂

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