It’s time for spring cleaning, friends! However, reaching for that mop and broom aren’t going to help you this time. I’m talking about something that most people don’t consider when Springtime rolls around each year- digital spring cleaning!
After a long winter of sitting on the sofa scrolling endlessly through Pinterest and Instagram, I’m guessing you’ve got a screenshot or two that could be deleted from your camera roll that you’ll never notice are gone! Start the next season with a clean digital presence and life with these handy tips!
Back-up and update your devices
Back up all of your files to the cloud. You never know when your phone could be stolen, misplaced or dropped in water and stop working completely. Always, always have a backup of your files. It’s also important to keep your operating system and apps up to date! It’s tempting to continue to click “remind me later”, make now later!
Back up your cell phone photos
If you are like me, you have a lot of photos on your phone! While it’s important to have your photos stored on the cloud, it’s also nice to have them backed up in a different location that you can easily access from your phone. I use Google Photos and love being able to delete them off of my camera roll and still access them whenever I want! They are also easily downloaded back onto your device.
Clear out what’s on your phone’s camera roll
Now that you’ve backed up your photos in two places, delete as many as you can off of your camera roll to clear up space! Screenshots, sequences of photos where you only needed one and duplicates can easily be thrown in the digital trash can without worry!
Organize your desktop files
Who is guilty of having a chaotic desktop with files on files on files? I can’t be the only one, and it doesn’t bother me until all of a sudden one day it does! Make folders, delete old files and organize your life! If you put a nice photo as your background on your computer it’ll encourage you to keep files off of your desktop.
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Purge old files
Whether it’s photos on your camera roll, notes on your cell phone or files on your computer- do you really need ALL of them? Clear out what you can and make space for all of the things you’ll create this year!
Delete unused apps from your cell phone
Your cell phone screen can be just as chaotic as your desktop background so delete the apps that you don’t use often or ever! You know, the one you downloaded and then realized it came with 7 free days before the $85 annual payment was due. Make that app icon shake and click the X!
Refresh your online presence
Upload a bright new profile picture, switch up your bio and refreshen up your social media profiles for the new season.
Most Importantly, Clean your devices
Take a wipe, a can of air and some spray to those devices to freshen them up, especially now!