Spring Clean Your Digital Files in 5 Easy Steps

digitalfilesIt’s officially spring and that means it’s time to start fresh! While it’s nice to spruce up the office and give everything a good clean, why not do the same for your digital files?  Organizing your digital files is a great way to make the rest of your year’s work so much more efficient. It’s easy to get bogged down, but here are a few tips to make cleaning and putting your files together a lot easier:

Create one place for all your documents

Start with one root folder such as “My Documents” to start building in your organization. Most Windows based computers already have a root folder already created.  If you’ve got a mess of files on your desktop, start with sticking the documents there.

Be clear and logical with your folder naming

In your “My Documents” folder start creating new folders with simple classifications such as:

  • Events
  • Clients
  • Invoices

Try to avoid your own abbreviations. Pretend you’re new and needed to be able to try to find things quickly.

Create folders within folders like nesting dolls

If you’ve got a folder called “Invoices” you can create a folder inside labeled with the year, then another inside the year with the month.  See the example below:

  • Invoices
    • 2017
      • January
      • February
      • March

Have specific and logical names for your documents.

Make things easy on yourself and name documents that tell you what they are so you don’t need to open it to find out. Consider including dates after the name so you know when it was updated or saved.  Sending a first invoice?

  • ClientName_Invoice_Date
    • ABCompany_1stInvoice_032317

Don’t let it build up.

File things in the right folders right away. This will keep it from getting out of hand. File and name the document in the right place when you create it! If you do things right the first time, there’s no need to worry about a back-up later.

Back Up Your Files!

Use the cloud, SharePoint, One Drive, or another hard drive… Whatever the case schedule a day per week, at least, to back up your files somewhere else in case of an emergency. Technology is great, when it works, so don’t get lax and leave your files where something can happen and have a second place. Back up and back up often!

DAVID REGESTER JOINS DKI

David Regester(ELK GROVE VILLAGE., Ill., Mar. 20, 2017) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced its newest addition, National Director of Business Development for DKI Commercial Solutions David Regester. Regester joined the team on March 16, 2017.

Regester brings to DKI over 20 years’ experience in sales management and customer support. Included in his background, he has dedicated 11 years to the property restoration industry for large-loss and residential sales, project management and disaster pre-planning.

In his new role with DKI, Regester’s primary responsibility will be to drive growth across the national Commercial Solutions segment by building relationships with new and existing customers, and continually working to identify potential areas of opportunity where DKI can provide value and solutions.

“I believe strongly in service after the sale and rank very highly the importance of continuing to touch the customer and maintain that old-school ‘belly-to-belly’ relationship with each one of them,” Regester said.

Regester resides in Spring, Texas, and enjoys family cookouts, shooting and playing Xbox with his three children.


About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit www.dkiservices.com.

How To: Prevent Frozen Pipes

With winter refusing to leave lately on the East Coast, here are some quick tips to prevent the pipes from freezing around your homes and businesses.

insulate

Install foam sleeves or heat tape to water pipes that are easily accessible. Make sure to follow instructions carefully to prevent a fire hazard.

Let faucets drip

Let cold water drip from the faucet to relieve pressure and prevent pipes from freezing.

warm up

Keep your thermostat no lower than 50 degrees day & night. Open all cabinet doors with pipes inside to keep the pipes warm from the heat from the rest of the house.

Ken Copeland Joins the DKI Team

KenCopeland_2(ELK GROVE VILLAGE., Ill., Mar. 7, 2017) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced their new Director of Business Development for DKI ProSupply Ken Copeland.  Copland began on Monday, March 6, 2017.

Copeland brings to DKI 15 years’ experience in different aspects of the construction industry, including plumbing during his most recent profession as a regional sales manager for Apollo Flow Products. He started his career during high school working with the Dwyer Group, where he learned about flood restoration and cleaning. Later, he opened his own business in Phoenix, Arizona for carpet dyeing, cleaning and restoration, bathtub refinishing and kitchen remodeling.

In his new DKI role, Copeland will manage relationships with DKI ProSupply sponsors, expanding their partnerships and promoting their programs to DKI members. He will report to Sharon Marvin and work with Bill Boyce during a transitional period.

Copeland remains in Phoenix with his wife of 27 years, Judy, and has one 25-year-old son, living in Denver, Colorado. During his free time, Copeland enjoys cooking and riding the windy Arizona mountain roads on his motorcycle.


About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit www.dkiservices.com.

DOUG HEIFERMAN JOINS HUDSON VALLEY DKI

Doug_HudsonValley(New Hampton., N.Y., Mar. 2, 2017) – Hudson Valley DKI, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced they hired Doug Heiferman on February 1, 2017 as their director of training to help develop Hudson Valley DKI’s new Training and Learning Center.

As an industry approved instructor and educator from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), Heiferman has trained and motivated thousands of professionals throughout the United States in the fields of textile cleaning, restoration services and facilities maintenance. He also holds certifications from the Flooring Consultants and Inspection Training Services (FCITS) and OSHA. Heiferman is a master textile cleaner.

“Hudson Valley DKI is honored to have Doug Heiferman join our team. Doug brings a very diversified business background to the team. His 25 years of experience as an educator and industry consultant will add great value to our management team. We can’t be more excited to have Doug join DKI,” said President Angelo Ferrante.

Heiferman’s primary responsibility is to establish and promote Hudson Valley DKI’s new educational center through his hands-on, technical training courses. Through his IICRC instructor courses, he ensures that the team is up to date on the latest technology to effectively mitigate and restore property damage after a natural disaster strikes.


About Hudson Valley DKI

With over 35 years of experience in disaster restoration, Hudson Valley DKI is a leading restoration contractor in the Hudson Valley area of New York. They provide full service property restoration for commercial and residential clients. When disaster strikes, Hudson Valley DKI”s catastrophe team is ready to respond 24 hours, 7 days a week , 365 days a year. DKI restoring lives one job at a time. For additional information, call 845-294-8919 or visit www.dki-hudsonvalleyrestoration.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit www.dkiservices.com.

Why Choose DKI?

About the DKI Network

DKI is North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization with over 40 years’ industry experience. Boasting the highest standards required to join our network, we only allow the best of the best. Each of our franchise members meets stringent credentialing requirements unlike any other franchise in the market today.

Built on Quality

DKI’s core principles are built on a foundation of quality, trust, and local presence with the advantage of national support. This ensures you, our customers, that each of your DKI contractors will provide the highest quality service and peace of mind that your property will be fully restored to its pre-loss condition as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

Only the Best of the Best

Each DKI member is provided the finest tools, best practices and resources that an independent contractor in the marketplace could not achieve alone. With their access to leading, state of the art equipment and technology, and the ability to build relationships with other DKI members, the industry’s elite, our network has the strength and support to handle any size job, no matter how complicated.

We also provide our members the opportunity to develop their knowledge, service portfolios and market reach through continued training and educational offerings to remain current in this rapidly changing industry.

Each of our members prides themselves on upholding the highest industry standards, giving you, our customers, the level of quality service and satisfaction you deserve most. Trust DKI during your time of need!


If you are in need of property restoration services, look no further than DKI! We will put you in the hands of local experts you can trust. Call us today: (888) 502-4795.

If you are a restoration specialist and have what it takes to join the DKI network, click here to learn more, or call us at (866) 233-9433.