Since the new is underway everybody is working hard to detox their bodies, clean up their houses, and pay close attention to the products they use for one reason or another. Even though people are making these ‘bigger’ changes, it seems as though people often forget an even smaller cleanse that is quick and easy but makes a world of a difference in your day to day life. And that is cleaning up your electronics.
I am probably one of the worst offenders of this. I currently have 30 different internet tabs open on just my phone alone. I actually went through and counted them. And don’t even ask how many windows and tabs are open on my computer. I am told on almost a daily basis how confusing it is to navigate my computer with the endless number of things I have left open. I always say it’s like my room in high school. Organized chaos. It may look like a disaster zone, but I know exactly where everything is.
But as it is a new year, I am pledging to do better with this.
– I will close tabs when I’m done
– I will keep up with my emails
– I will not let screenshots and folders take over my desktop (… often).
As you can see, I am in no way talking about returning your computer or phone to its factory settings or even making them absolutely pristine. But just like your closet with spring cleaning, if you don’t need it, don’t use it, or don’t like it then get rid of it. If you do this, you will see such a change the next time you go to use one of your electronics.
For starters, my biggest struggle, the computer. I have an awful habit that if I have something I want to remember I take a screenshot of it, which quite rapidly turns my desktop into loads of odd clusters of chaos. I don’t know why I always do this instead of just writing it down because usually once a month I get sick of having so many things in the background and do a purge, completely clearing off my desktop. Losing everything I wanted to remember in the process.
Before starting a computer cleanup of any sort, I highly recommend purchasing an external hard drive. I have a few to help me keep my files organized between work and school and the blog. They are extremely handy to clear off old files that are still important or you may need, but not on a day to day basis.
Even though it takes a while, to start clearing out the junk I suggest that you go through every single folder on your computer. That’s right! Every single one. And look at each item you have stored there and decide which category it falls in to.
If it isn’t important, delete it.
If it is important but you don’t need it frequently, move it to the external hard drive
If it’s important and you use it daily, keep it.
Trust me. You don’t need that paper on Odyssey from 9th grade. You will feel so much better when it’s done and you have cleared away all the random junk that has built up over the years.
The second area that is the easiest to get out of hand is your email. You sign up for every subscription out there. Forget to respond to emails. Respond but don’t delete them. Or simply just forget to check your email on a regular basis. If you do any of those, or all of them like me, you will know that your inbox can quite easily go from 0 to 100.
Because of that, it can be incredibly intimidating to try and clear everything out, get rid of unwanted subscriptions and not just send everything to junk mail and call it day. Especially with something that is constantly changing with new things coming in and going out, you need to do small things every day instead of all at once.
– Delete all of the emails that have sat in your inbox for months.
– Respond to emails that you have been procrastinating on getting to, or delete them.
– Unsubscribe from unnecessary lists
– Markdown dates or events on your calendar and delete the email
Once you finish your cleanup for the day, empty your trash bin and junk mail bin. It may take a while to start seeing a big difference, but the first day you open up your email and don’t have 53 subscription emails waiting for you is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world.
Just like your computer, you need to utilize the closet/spring cleaning method with your phone. Clearing out all the old, unneeded apps and photos, not only helps to speed up the function of your phone but can make you want to use it more because it is more visually calming and not just chaos. As you do this, ask yourself:
Do I need it?
Do I like it?
Can I even remember the last time I used it?
If you answer no to all three, get it off your phone. It is just taking up space and isn’t useful to you at all. Delete those apps. Clear out those extra notes that you don’t even know what they mean anymore. And close all of those extra internet tabs that really don’t need to be open. I am working on it.
Once you finish, everything will be running a lot smoother and you will have one less stress to worry about in your day to day life. Do any of you have a background like mine? 80 tabs open on your phone? Which of these things is the hardest for you to not let get completely out of hand? Leave a comment below to let me know.