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3 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life

The following post is from Michelle of Mommy Misadventures: 3 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life

Springtime has always been a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings. Just as a physical spring cleaning can help you get focused and enthusiastic about the new start spring brings with it, so can a good time to declutter your digital life.

Here are three quick and easy tips to help clear the clutter that may be clogging up your digital life.

Unsubscribe from unwanted mailing lists.

Just like physical junk mail, messages from the unwanted mailing list can really clutter up your inbox. If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed with messages from mailing lists that you don’t read, take the opportunity to go through and unsubscribe from them. All email lists must have an unsubscribe link, usually at the bottom of the message.

source: Michelle Mista

If you have Gmail, you can sometimes unsubscribe directly from the message. (This does not work for all mailing lists. It works with Yahoo Groups and other mailing lists with a similar type of unsubscribe list.) Open the mailing list message and click the “Show Details” arrow. From here, you can choose the “Unsubscribe from mailing list” option.

Clean up your apps.

Just like on your computer, unwanted programs take up extra room on your tablet or smartphone’s storage. Cleaning out your unwanted apps can help free up extra room and help your device run smoother.

To uninstall apps on your iOS device (iPhone/iPad), long press the icon of the app you want to remove until it wobbles and then touch the “X” to uninstall it.

For Android-based devices, go to your Apps tab and long-press the icon until the “Uninstall” option appears. Then drag the application to the Uninstall option to remove it.

Review your social networks and privacy settings.

Spring cleaning is a good time to review your general digital life as well as your individual social networks, like Facebook and Linked In to declutter.

In addition to checking who is on your Friends list (because let’s face it: Do you really want your kinda-sorta frenemy from junior high school reading about your family’s daily life?), check your Privacy Settings to ensure that your page is only showing to the people you choose to show it to. To check your Facebook Settings, click on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner and choose “Privacy Settings.”

While you are at it, you may want to consider decluttering your office.

What are your digital clutter hotspots?

Michelle Mista is an IT professional, writer, and blogger with a love for all kinds of technology. She writes about tech tips and trends for work-at-home professionals on her portfolio blog and muses about motherhood at Mommy Misadventures. She is on a constant quest to balance life, work, and geekery.