Daily Dose of Design: 10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Digital Life

Monday, April 8, 2019

10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Digital Life

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Are you in full spring cleaning mode? This year I'm trying to de-clutter more than anything else, but it's so important to remember to get every aspect of your life in order - that goes beyond just cleaning your shoe shelves! Something that I think often gets overlooked is cleaning your digital footprint. I'm guilty of accumulating way too many things and living a rather cluttered digital life, but any time I take a few to stop and de-clutter, I always feel so much better! Here's some of the things I do to take charge of my digital life and every tool and tip you need to do the same.

1. Delete old, unneeded files and images: this is a huge one and something I try to do at least once a month. No matter what kind of storage your laptop or desktop has, the less you have the quicker it'll operate. I usually take an hour or so to just delete things I don't need like screenshots, for example. They add up quick!

2. Condense and organize file folders: just like in your closet, everything should have a place! Organize files and pictures into corresponding folders, and condense them as much as possible. As an example, I organize the pictures I keep saved on my laptop by year, and within that folder by month. It just makes life easier when you're looking for something specific.

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4. Clean up your inbox: are you one of those people who has to open every single message and reach 0 by the end of each day? Or do you not care and let it accumulate? I am the latter. Guilty as charged. I often get asked how it doesn't stress me out to have so many unopened messages but I just cannot be phased! I'm trying to get better at being on top of it though and that starts at unsubscribing to things and stores you don't need. I can't even tell you how many subscriptions I have that are completely useless... Not proud of it but I'm working on it! ;)

5. Import photos/videos to the cloud: this is something I need to get better about... I always wait way too long to update my iCloud and every time I say I'll be better about it... That's yet to happen but I'm rooting for myself. ;) iCloud is the BEST tool for me because I have so many Apple devices and it makes it so easy to access everything in one place. It's also organized by date which my organized, Virgo self truly appreciates. You can have a free (limited space) plan, or pick between a couple of other plans. I had been paying $2/month but just upgraded to 1TB of space and in my opinion, $9/month is worth keeping everything safe and sound.

6. Clean out your favorites folders: I always, always save things to my favorites - products I want to buy, tutorials, articles I love/want to read later, etc. I find that by the time I go to clean things out, I've accumulated things I don't know why I saved or that I just don't need anymore and they take up so much space! It's also nice to be able to see the things you've saved easier without a ton of things listed.

7. Update your passwords: this should be an obvious one, but take the time to update all of your passwords and store them somewhere safe! I use LastPass, Password Vault and also keep a note in my phone (probably not the safest... but it is convenient) with my most-used passwords. Update everything and consider incorporating two-factor authentication where it's available - you can never be too safe.

8. Delete any apps you don't use: I constantly download apps on the whim, try new things, and sometimes I really have no clue how or when I downloaded an app, hah! Either way, now's the perfect time to clear up your storage and delete any apps you aren't using. Go into your storage section on your phone and see how much space every app is using - that's a good way to begin to gauge what you don't mind deleting or what you don't need.

9. Do an additional backup: no matter where you have all of your files, images, etc. saved to, it's always a good idea to be extra careful and have things in multiple places. I have everything on my iCloud account, and on an external drive. Be sure you're backing things up periodically if they don't automatically refresh!

10. Refresh your browser(s): this may be something you already do often - or have to to get things to work right - but clear your browser cache and cookies. Things will run quicker, smoother and help with your security. Something I've learned is that if you're searching for any sort of flight, deal or something on sale, your results will differ if your browsing history isn't playing a factor. It's always good to have a fresh browsing start, and this is something you should do more than just during a deep spring clean.

What do you do to de-clutter your digital life? And just checking in, how's de-cluttering the REST of your life going?! ;)
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