One of the best parts of spring is getting rid of clutter and organizing. Although this is usually only done with spaces or wardrobes, it’s also just as important to spring clean your electronics too! Distracting and unneeded clutter on computers and phones can bring down your productive, and just make everything more stressful than it needs to be. So to help you start, here are some tips and ways you can spring clean your digital devices!
One of the simplest ways you can declutter your computer is to close any windows or tabs that you are no longer using or won’t use in the future. It may take some time, but spend an afternoon or evening going through and closing them.
Now if you have tabs that you are not using right now but will need in the future or want to remember – bookmark them! This is such a handy tool for saving the windows you want to revisit without the clutter on your computer. If you’re not a fan of bookmarking tabs or don’t want to bookmark too many, create a word document where you save the links to the websites.
The first thing you see when you go on your computer or laptop is the desktop. Take the time to put things into folders for different categories, put folder inside of folders, and put what you no longer need in trash. You want to try to have the least amount of items on your desktop as possible. Also arrange the folders in a way that is pleasing to your eye. It can be in a row on the side of the screen, in the middle in a square, or any other arrangement you can think of.
Most of us are guilty of letting our inbox get cluttered and telling ourselves we will sort it out later (if you’re not like this, you are doing it right). And there is no better time to sort through your inbox than now! Put emails in their appropriate folder, clear out trash, and unsubscribe from any email lists you longer are interested it. You’ll now hopefully no longer dread checking your emails throughout the day.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked at your phone and thought “where is that app?”. It took me so long to realize there was a better way of sorting my apps and I wish I had done it sooner. Now I can’t speak for what an Android or Google phone will let you do, but I’m sure they offer something similar to what an iPhone lets you do. Take your apps and put them into “folders” based on categories. On the iPhone all you have to do is hold down on an app until they all start moving a bit, then drag it on top of another app until a “folder” appears. You can sort them based on what they are (photography, social media, etc), based on name, or even based on app color.
Go through and delete the apps you are no longer using, and any window on your internet browser you don’t need.
If you’ve had your phone for awhile chances are you’ve accumulated lots of photos and videos. Spend some time going through and deleting any photos or videos you no longer want, to clear up space on your phone. If you want to save any you can send them to your computer and put them on a external hard drive.
To freshen up your phone for spring, change your background! This can be a great way to give yourself some added inspiration.
If you have a camera than it is also important to declutter that as well! This is something you can do every few months if you want, but import the photos and videos you want to save onto your external hard drive. This way you have them all saved for future memories, but they won’t take up needed space on your memory card.
Once you’ve saved the photos you want to keep, clear off your memory card. I would suggest using a card reader if your computer doesn’t have one. This makes deleting easier and quicker.
And those are the ways you can have a digital spring cleaning! It’s important to keep your electronic space just as clean and organized as your real space, so consider this your self care for the day.