I don't know about you, but this time of year makes me want to clean all the things. Including my laptop, monitors, keyboards, and so on. If you want to keep your computer humming along all year, a little maintenance outside and in will go a long way.
In addition to cleaning out the dust from your laptop vents (which can cause your hardware to dangerously overheat), this is also a great time to clean up your hard drive by uninstalling unnecessary programs, clearing out all the temporary junk files, and so on.
Here's a simple checklist and suggested programs for maintaining your computer and cleaning it up.