Tips for Digital Spring Cleaning

The sunshine and spring air has encouraged many to start to decluttering homes and workspaces. After all, it’s the time of year to start anew by getting rid of the old.

While going through garages and spare bedrooms, it can be easy to forget about tidying up digital devices. But when you think of how much time we spend on them each day for work and play - it makes sense to give them attention as well.

Start organizing before it’s too late, and you’re trying to navigate through a cluttered inbox or go to snap a photo only to see that you’re out of memory. You can follow these easy tips to help clean up both your professional and personal digital lives.

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Evaluate your accounts. With email, banking, social media and other work accounts, it’s hard to keep track of what we really use. Close out any accounts that you are no longer active in or that you don’t really need, including apps that are only taking up space.

Create new passwords. It’s a good practice to change out your passwords regularly, and now is an opportune time to switch out old passwords for more complex ones. Also consider two-step authentication, which you can learn more about here.

Purge your social media presence. Are there old statuses, comments or pictures that no longer represent who you are? Go through your accounts to update and refresh your online presence with accurate and appropriate information. Things like TweetDeleter even let you easily delete old tweets.

Don’t forget cell phone photos.
If your phone has become over-crowded with pictures, it might be time to sort through them. Delete any you don’t need, then back up what you wish to keep. You can even save Instagram posts with Instaport.

Organize and back it up. Go through old files and documents to make sure they are organized. Are you holding onto outdated docs that you no longer need? Make sure that you have saved anything important to a backup system or flash drive, and consider keeping sensitive online documents in an encrypted folder.

Tackle your inbox. The old and unread emails taking over your inbox may be daunting to think about, but should be handled sooner rather than later. If you’re unsure of what to do with a certain message and don’t want to delete it, archiving is always an option. If you’d like a step-by-step guide on how to do so, check out this one on HubSpot.

Double-check before pitching. Are you thinking of selling or donating any old devices? First, be sure it’s clean of any personal info by taking it to a professional or wiping the data yourself. Even an old gaming system might have your personal and credit card information saved.

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