Not all clutter is physical. Some of it is digital – and it can be just as much of a nuisance to our lives. Whilst other people may not see this digital clutter, it can affect the speed at which we perform tasks by making out PCs and phones run slowly as well as making important information harder to find. There are lots of different sources of digital clutter from excess programmes to untidy inboxes. Here are just five digital de-cluttering tasks that can be in need of doing.
Uninstall unused programmes/apps
Have you got programmes on your computer and apps on your phone that you never use? These programmes could be wasting vital space and slowing down your devices.
When uninstalling programmes on a computer, don’t just delete icons on your desktop – in most cases, this won’t actually delete the programme itself. Certain programmes can be tricky to uninstall and you may need to download an uninstaller wizard when it comes to certain tenacious software.
Apps are usually easier to get rid of. Don’t be afraid of deleting apps that you’ve paid for – if you change your mind and want to reinstall them, you usually won’t have to pay again.
Sort through your files
Many have huge amounts of unneeded files on our computer. These could include documents, photos, songs and all manner of other files that we may not even know exist. Such files can slow down our devices and make it harder to find important information.
As this article details, there are easy ways to sort through your files if you don’t have the patience to manually go through them all. In many cases, such cleaner programmes could be necessary for sorting through those less obvious files, some of which could be necessary for vital software and some of which could be junk.
Whilst sorting through files, consider creating a new clear folder system. This could include putting stray files in the right place such as photos that may end up in your work documents. You can even use sub-folders to break down large folders, making it even easier to find specific files.
Remove browser extensions and bookmarks
Internet browsers can also accumulate clutter, causing them to load more slowly. This may include bookmarks and extensions that you don’t need. Consider clearing these out to improve your internet surfing speed.
Using minimal tabs can also help to improve speed. Clearing out cookies occasionally may also help.
Have a social media friend cull
How many of your Facebook friends do you really know? Many of us our so-called ‘friends’ are people we haven’t spoken to in years or people we met once on a night out. Unless you regularly enjoy checking in on these people’s lives, it could be worth unfriending them. Similarly, unfollow pages that you’re no longer interested in. Having a more streamlined social media feed could make going on social media a more fun experience as only the people and pages that you care about will show up in your feed.
Organize your inbox
Email inboxes are also a big source of clutter. Modern inboxes are able to hold thousands of emails and there may be no need in deleting emails, however finding a way to organize your inbox could still be important so that you can categorise and prioritise mail.
You may be able to create folders for a personal inbox to help sort your emails. This could include a section for ‘bills and banking’, sections for ‘personal subscriptions’ and a section for ‘friends and invites’. When it comes to working emails, you may want to create folders to separate emails by priority of response time. This could include a ‘reply today’ folder, a ‘reply this week’ folder, a ‘reply this month’ folder and an ‘FYI’ folder for any important emails that don’t need replying too.
Make sure to unsubscribe from mailing lists that you’re not interested in so that you don’t keep getting flooded by unwanted emails. Try to get into a habit of reading all your emails by the end of each day so that you’ve never got too many remaining unread messages.