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I have many documents, apps, music, movies, and images on my computer . Every so often, especially when I upgrade software or hardware, I like to go over the files and see if there are files that can be deleted. Below is an example of how I am clearing the digital clutter on my computer . Hopefully, this will give you a direction on how to reduce your digital clutter.
Easy Steps to Clear the Digital Clutter
I started out with my desktop files and deleted any file I wasn't using or didn't want. I then moved the files I wanted to keep into a folder that would describe the data.
I then went to my documents folders. Folder by folder and file by file, I went through all the files to see what to keep and what to get rid of. If there were files I wanted to keep but didn't need on the computer , I would put them on a thumb drive and store somewhere else.
I moved on to the image files that took up the most space on my computer . I went through and deleted any duplicate photo files, blurry photos, and any photos I didn't want to keep.
Then, I went to my control panel, software installed, and looked for applications that I didn't use and deleted them as well.
I moved on to My iTunes and deleted apps (lots of them), podcasts, and music (from when my kids were little) and old movies and TV shows I didn't watch. Though, sometimes iTunes would download them again since they are available to download from the cloud.
I cleared out my browser's cookies as well. Though, by doing this, I needed to go through the security procedures when logging into some of the already verified security sites. Annoying but worth doing to clear the browser.
Microsoft Outlook emails were next. I restructured my email folders and deleted any emails that were irrelevant anymore and cleared my deleted emails about a day later.
Below is a checklist you can use to help with clearing Digital Clutter. Please share.
Wow, that took some time. It took me about one month. Though I am glad, I cleared my digital clutter.
About a month or so later, I went back to my computer and emptied my trash can . I allowed a month, just in case I mistakenly deleted something I didn't want to remove. I then started a Disk Cleanup, and Disk Defragment tasks on my computer and restarted my computer .
By clearing my digital clutter, it helped me free up storage space on my computer . And it also allowed me to clear out items that were from tasks I no longer do, which resulted in me examining more closely the things I still do and determining what can stay for the future. As a result, it was freeing to let go of digital stuff, just like it would be if I got rid of physical clutter in my home.
Will you be taking on this task? What have you determined is the most important to clear? Please leave a comment and share it with your friends.