When we think of clutter, we always think of physical “stuff” — all our tangible belongings crowding our desks, garages, and homes. But we likely tend to forget about all the clutter sitting right on our desktops, tablets, and mobile devices; our digital clutter.
In some ways, digital clutter can complicate our lives much more than tangible clutter can, simply because of all the time we spend online and logged-in. With so much data and information exchange happening from our phones and laptops, keeping it all organized can be a tough, but important, task. Here are some tips on how you can get better organized, digitally:
1) Clean Up Your Desktop
When you’re not really sure which folder to save something in, you’ll probably end up putting it on your desktop. Eventually, you’ll forget about it. Does your desktop look like a mish-mash of random files that you can’t really remember the purpose of? If so, go through them and delete what you don’t need. Then create folders and start organizing what you do need, such as folders for music, movies, and so on.
2) File Away Your Emails
At one point in time, I had 3,000 emails in my inbox. Whenever I needed to find an old email, it was incredibly difficult to sift through everything and find what I needed. If you have the same problem, create folders for general categories. Once you read and reply to them, file them away so that you can keep your inbox clean. You’ll be able to find things much easier.
3) Delete Unused Apps
If you have a smartphone, there are certainly apps you use everyday — and a host of apps you rarely use. Clean up your apps once in awhile. You’ll be able to get to the apps you do want faster and it’ll also save memory on your phone, which means faster operating speeds.
4) Digitize Your Life
You can also use technology to get rid of the real clutter in your life. You can literally store almost anything on a computer now. Donate your books to a library and purchase e-books for your Kindle instead. Scan and download all your images onto your computer and share them with your friends. Rip a CD or in other words, transfer your music onto your computer. There’s really so much you can clean up by just putting it on your iPhone.
Cleaning up your clutter can make you more productive and help you just plain feel good. The key is to stay on top of it, otherwise you’ll just have to start re-organizing all over again.