There is something so renewing and fresh about spring, it brings alot of feelings of needing to declutter your life and digital declutter too. After the long winter hibernation, it is finally time to get into motion. Let’s start with the digital declutter of our desktop/laptop.
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1. Cancel Subscriptions
Throughout the year, we end up subscribing to a bunch of different newsletters in the hopes of getting some value out of them as well as some special discounts or sales. Sometimes we can’t even remember signing up for some of the emails that we get.
To avoid getting your inbox flooded with emails that you’re not interested in, spend some time and unsubscribe from whatever you’re not interested in anymore.
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2. Declutter Files on Your Desktop
If you are like me and use your computer for both work and personal use, you end up accumulating a lot of files. What I usually do is keep only the minimal amount of files on my computer and store everything else on an external hard drive. Spring is the perfect time for a digital declutter of files that you no longer need.
Once you do that, transfer the remainder to an external hard drive. That way your computer would run smoother and faster and you won’t run into issues such as it crashing and you losing all of your stuff. You do not need to have more than a few folders on your actual desktop as otherwise, it will look really cluttered.
3. Look Over and Sort Pictures
Because I travel a lot, I accumulate a large number of pictures. I always have thousands of images that I have to sort through and either keep or delete. Once I go through all of them, I back them up on my external hard drive like the rest of the files.
This is very time-consuming but going through your images frees up a lot of space on your computer. Also, it ensures that your images don’t disappear due to viruses or crashes (don’t even get me started on how many times I’ve lost files and images that I haven’t backed up before).
Delete all the emails that you don’t think are needed especially old promotional emails, past itineraries, or emails from businesses you are not interested in anymore.
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4. Cleanse Your Social Media Accounts
An important part of digital declutter is to go through your phone and your social media accounts. Are the people you follow still inspiring you and providing you with value?
Have you fallen out of love with certain people/accounts and they don’t bring any more joy to your life? Then it might be time to go through your social media accounts and cleanse all the ones that no longer make you happy and you don’t resonate with.
5. Transfer Pictures to Your PC/External Hard Drive
I am not going to tell you how many times my phone broke and if it wasn’t for Google photos, I would have lost all of my pictures.
I highly recommend every three or four months to sit down and transfer all the images you have on your phone to your computer. Look over them, delete what you don’t need and then store the rest on an external hard drive. I highly recommend every three or four months to sit down and transfer all the images you have on your phone to your computer.
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6. Remove Apps You Don’t Use Anymore
Think about which apps you have not used in a long time (usually they will be on the last screen that you have or in a folder). Look through them and uninstall the ones you think you do not need any longer. If you ever end up needing them again you can always just download them again.
You should go to your settings and select apps. There you will see all of the apps you have installed on your phone as well as how much space they’re taking. Delete all of the apps that you no longer use as well as any that are extremely heavy and slow down your phone.