In the spirit of helping you on your journey into minimalism, we’re going to help you declutter your desktop. This is a picture of my minimalist mac desktop setup.
Clean. Simple. Minimalist.
I eliminated everything I don’t frequently use and added a very simple desktop background (courtesy of Ando Perez at andoperez.com).
Additionally, I hid my dock at the bottom (it pops up when my curser reaches the bottom, but otherwise it’s out of the way). I also took Ross Hill’s advice and cleared my menubar of everything except my battery and search Spotlight. Yes, I even removed my clock so I can get lost in my writing without constantly looking at the time. If I really need to know the time, I can press F4 and it pops up with the Dashboard.
Now, obviously you don’t need to get rid of everything I did, but you can take ten minutes and get rid of the extra stuff on your desktop, the junk you don’t use, the stuff you don’t need.
If you want the above keep it simple desktop background, you can download it for free from Ando Perez here (available in several sizes and colors).
Here’s the 1280×800 version I’m using:
Additionally, for peace of mind, I installed Carbonite Online Backup to my MacBook. It’s only $5 per month. That way, if I lose my laptop or something happens to it, then all of my important documents and files and photos and music and videos are backed up. It takes the worry out of storing things digitally. Even better, Carbonite backs up your computer automatically and everything runs in the background so you literally don’t have to do anything. If you’re not worried about the files on your computer, then don’t get Carbonite (as always, we don’t want you to spend money on stuff if you don’t think it will add value to your life).