We’re all familiar with decluttering our physical spaces, but how many times have you taken the time to declutter your digital space?
According to the Digital 2019 Australia Report, Australians spend 5 hours and 34 minutes online every day.
It’s clear that technology is a huge part of our lives but despite this, many of us still neglect to take the time to organise our phones and computers.
A clean digital space equals a clean mind, so here are some tips on how you can start decluttering.
1. Use hard drives
Many of us don’t replace our computers for years, and so inevitably, we store years and years worth of files on the one device. There’s a low chance that you’ll need that assignment you did three years ago or those photos that you never look at, so clear up some space on your device by transferring all those untouched files that you ‘don’t need now but might need later’ onto a hard drive.
2. Organise everything into folders
We use our devices on a daily basis – whether it is for work, study, entertainment or social purposes. Having all your apps and files jumbled into one space can be confusing and create unnecessary stress. Instead, organise all your apps and files into folders so that your device is easy to navigate.
3. Detox your device by deleting!
When cleaning our homes, many of us live by the mantra, “if I haven’t used it in a year then it needs to go.” Well the same principle applies to when you are cleaning out your digital space. Delete any unused apps, clear your downloads folder, delete those blurry photos and delete any duplicates of files.
4. Download apps to help you declutter
If the process of decluttering your device seems like too much of a hassle, don’t stress! There are apps that can do this job for you in no time. For instance, apps such as Smart Cleaner can organise and delete your contacts, photos and files for you on your phone. There are similar apps such as CCleaner and CleanMyPc which will do the same job on your computer.
5. Clean out your emails
We all have that one email address that’s been abandoned because it’s filled up with purely junk mail. Subscription after subscription, who knew giving your email to a website or store could result in you being left with 1000 unread emails? This is a situation that can be avoided altogether if you take the time to regularly delete any junk mail or unimportant emails. A useful tip is also to cancel any email subscriptions that you may be signed up to.
6. Think about using ‘The Cloud’
While hard drives are great, they can be pricey and are also incompatible with phones. This is where the cloud becomes useful. Cloud software is stored on the internet rather than your actual device. ‘The Cloud’ includes programs such as icloud, Dropbox, Google drive and One Drive. Consider uploading your files to these services instead. All are completely free (or at least until a certain amount) and you’ll be able to access your files from multiple devices simply by logging in!
7. Organise your internet browser
I’m sure many can relate to the headache of having 30 Internet tabs open at once. It’s too easy to let all those half-read articles and unwatched videos accumulate on your browser. To make your life easier, be sure to close a tab as soon as you’re done with it. Before you switch off your device at night, close any tabs you won’t be needing tomorrow and clear your Internet history. Once your browser is clean, consider using bookmarks to also give yourself easy access to the websites you use the most.
Words by Vidya Kathirgamalingam
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