While digital clutter may not seem as messy as physical clutter, it can still be just as daunting and impossible to sift through. When you have some of your files saved on your computer, others on an external hard drive, and some in the cloud, it can be just as difficult to find something you’ve saved digitally as it can be to find that sweater you’ve stashed away in your closet. Here are a few tips on how to declutter:
Streamline your email by using filters
Some people keep thousands of emails in their inbox simply because they don’t feel like manually filing them into separate folders. Try creating filters within your email that will automatically sort your emails into custom folders based on keywords, subject line, sender, and a variety of other fields. That way, all of your emails are grouped by category so that you can more easily manage and find them.
Create a naming system
When you’re naming your folders and documents, ask yourself what keywords you will think of when trying to find them later. People often organize their documents on what makes sense now, instead of what they will be looking for later. If you can address this from the onset, you’ll have an easy system for finding what you need, when you need it.
According to a recent report, the average person uses 10 different online passwords a day. That means the average person has 10 different online accounts and has to visit 10 different websites to view their information. Try bringing all of these different services together with an aggregator that will allow you to view all of your information in a single place. For your social media accounts, try Hootsuite, and for your bills and household accounts, try Manilla.com.
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