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Make sure you tackle
choose to do a lit-
tle (spring) clean-
ing, don't ignore the digital
gadgets and gizmos you have
lying around the house. It's
probably been months since
you organized your computer
files or double-checked the
batteries in your emergency
devices to make sure every-
thing is ready to go when you
So get organized and make
sure you add all your digital
devices to the list. Here are
some tips for tackling a digital
• Start with your computer
because you might be sur-
prised at how much faster it
processes information when
Cleaning your electronics keeps things in
it's organized. De-clutter
your e-mail inbox by sorting
e-mails into folders or deleting
try recommend replacing batteries
messages you don't need any longer.
in detectors when you change your
You might discover communications
clocks for Daylight Savings Time. "A
you forgot to respond to or work that
working smoke alarm and carbon
you put on your "later" list that really
monoxide detector is the simplest
needs to get done immediately.
way to protect yourself and your
Also, run a defragmenting soft-
family from a fire," says Nicholas
ware program for the hard drive and
Scoppetta, commissioner of the New
remove any unwanted items from
York Fire Department.
your desktop so you can find every-
• Combine your digital household
thing quickly and easily.
cleaning with your regular organiza-
• Switch out the old batteries in all
tion of receipts, tax records, car repair
your small electronics. Restock your
receipts and anything else you would
pantry with batteries to get prepared
file in a cabinet. Scan in documents
for power needs that usually come up
you need to keep and save them to
at a moment's notice. Duracell is now
your hard drive as well as to a backup,
offering AA and AAA battery packs
external memory drive. Inexpensive
that have 20 percent more batteries
devices include Duracell Flash memo-
for the same price.
ry cards or USB Flash Drive. This sys-
Some of the electronic items that
tem allows you to shrink your storage
may need replacement batteries
needs while maintaining easy access.
include digital cameras, remote con-
With a digitally clean house, you
trols, alarm clocks, flashlights, toys
are making your life a little more
and pagers. By changing out all the
organized while also staying prepared
used batteries with fresh ones, you
for any technical emergencies that
can guarantee that these electronic
might arise. So get your cleaning
items you rely on will be ready to go
going now, and enjoy your clutter-
when you need them.
free house. Li
• Change the batteries in your
smoke detectors and carbon monox-
Article courtesy of ARAcontent
ide detectors. Your family's safety is
very important; and you rely on these
two detectors to alert everyone in a
For more information, go to
time of emergency.
Fire departments across the coun-
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