It is that time of year again! Springtime!! There is something about spring that makes me feel recharged and rejuvenated. When you just want to get your life organized in a way that makes you feel like you have your life together. So many of life’s areas need a good cleaning and I hope to help with that. I will focus on one aspect of life at a time with this post focusing on decluttering your digital life. Modern technology is amazing. I love my iPhone, my Fire tablet, and all the little tech tools out there. Finding new apps is fun as well as finding a new streaming service that is tailored to something you enjoy. Eventually, it can all get overwhelming and built up. So get all your tech together, time to declutter!!
#1 Clean Out Your Desktop/Laptop
Everyone gets busy. You find something you like and download it, or you saved all those pictures from your phone to your computer and they are a mess. In this world of technology, it is easy to obtain clutter and it is easier to accumulate when it is digital. I have all my downloads going to a folder marked Downloads. Then I have folders in there, all labeled, and I sort things out from there. School documents are put into my OneDrive so I can access them on my desktop or laptop. Phone wallpapers have their own folder and so on, Label the folders in ways that make sense for you and sort items out from there. I have a folder labeled Blog, where I put all the resources I get from various webinars and free offerings. This is a great reference tool.
Another important thing to do during spring cleaning is to back up your files. A thumb drive would work, but I would recommend backing up to an external hard drive AND to the cloud. I use OneDrive as my main cloud storage. I use Google Drive for school group projects. OneDrive is amazing and I highly recommend it. If you use my referral link, you get an extra 0.5 GB of storage and I do as well! You can get a 2 TB external hard drive for $90 at Staples, but you pick one that fits your needs. Backup your files and you will not be in a panic when your computer crashes. Also, I would recommend defragmenting your hard drive. It will help it run faster.
Clear out your apps. If you do not use certain apps on your computer, get rid of them. Also, if there is an app available for an installed program, install the app and uninstall the program. This saves space and having double of the same thing. Evernote came out with an app so I use that on my laptop and I uninstalled the program off of there as well. Keep things simple!
#2 Clean Out Your Phone
Smartphones are awesome. They hold so much stuff and have become an integral part of our lives. I love my phone and all it can do, however, the temptation to download cool apps is strong and sometimes, more often than not, I end up not using them. Clear out apps you no longer use. Keep things simple. There are so many music apps out there so pick one or two you use the most and get rid of the rest. I use Spotify and Amazon Music. I took off all the games off my phone since I hardly play them one my phone. I have them on my Kindle Fire so there is no need to have them on both devices. If you haven’t used an app in a month, you probably are not going to, so get rid of it! I can only speak for iPhone, but my photos and videos used to take up so much storage. I highly recommend getting the Google Photos app. This backs up all your photos to unlimited storage for free! This is wonderful for those of us who may use up a lot of storage taking pics of cats.
#3 Clean Out Your DVR
Sometimes we get bogged down with all the shows and movies on our DVRs. I collect classic films and modern films shown on free previews weekends of premium movie channels so I use 2TB external drives. This allows me to keep and transfer things from my DVR, which frees up space. I have A LOT of movies and TV shows on those drives. If you aren’t into saving them, go through and see if there is shows you really want to keep and watch. If Netflix or Amazon Prime Video has the series, no need to keep them on the DVR.
#4 Clean Out Your Music Collection
Spotify has a limit on how many songs you could add to your collection and I actually reached that threshold. I am not ashamed to admit it, but it was annoying having the message pop up about me reaching my limit. I did a massive clean up of my Spotify collection and it felt good. If you only like one song from an album, just keep that one song and get rid of the rest. Keep artists you listen to a lot in your collection and make a playlist for those songs you enjoy, but may not listen to as often. Playlists do not count in the collection tally. I felt so much better after cleaning it up.
#5 Clean Out Your Tablet
This one follows the same rules as the phone. If you have the same app on your phone and tablet, but use it the most on your phone, remove it from the tablet. If you need more storage for books and visual media now that Netflix had downloads for offline viewing, I recommend getting a Fire tablet. You can add a micro sd card up to 256 GB. Perfect for all your storage needs. This does not mean you should keep things you do not use.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Stay tuned for the next post where we tackle cleaning out your closet! Stay Captivating!