7 Things to Declutter from Your Computer

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7 Things to Declutter from Your Computer

Do you need to tidy things up on your computer at home or work?

Are you looking for a few quick ways to restore order?

While we tend to associate clutter with items we can touch, clutter can appear anywhere.

Nothing beats a good old fashioned decluttering…be it a work desk, or a computer desktop!

In this post, I offer a collection of seven things to declutter from your computer.

Roll up your sleeves, and get ready to declutter these items from your desktop, laptop, or tablet.


Your computer desktop.

A computer desktop is a common dumping ground for files and documents. Sure, you can always do a search to find the file you need. But in today’s hectic world, having a clear space to rest your eyes is absolutely priceless.

Block out time in your calendar to sort through and file away items from your computer’s desktop. When you’re finished, select a beautiful or inspirational desktop wallpaper…and enjoy!

Items in your recycling or trash bin.

You empty your kitchen trash can at least once a week…but when’s the last time you emptied your computer’s recycling or trash bin? Chances are you’ve got gobs and gobs of stuff that needs to be deleted.

Take a moment to locate your computer’s recycling or trash bin, and delete items from the bin. Be forewarned, this step may take some time to complete given your computer, and how many files and documents are sitting in the bin.

Internet browser bookmarks and folders.

What do gift ideas for your sister’s wedding last year, hotel vacation research in Ireland from two years ago, and researching new apartments from six months ago all have in common? They’re old news!

Now’s a great time to clear out all those outdated and irrelevant internet browser bookmarks and folders. When do you clean things out, you may be surprised at how much your tastes, interests, and knowledge has changed over time.

Email subscriptions.

A great way to free up space in your email inbox is to cut out those email subscriptions you no longer read, use, or need. Take fifteen minutes to unsubscribe from at least ten different newsletters.

Repeat as necessary on a regular basis, be it every month, or quarter. If you’re ever in doubt as to whether or not you’ll miss receiving a subscription, remember you can always resubscribe again in future.

Contacts in your address book.

People come and go in our lives. But what happens to their information in your digital address book? Do you regularly remove or delete contact information for people who have moved, changed jobs, of whom you no longer associate, or have passed on?

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of removing contacts. Every few months or so, go through your address book and remove contacts. If you’re really pressed for time, consider removing outdated information at least once a year.

App or program shortcuts on your desktop or dock.

Did you stop using that paintbrush drawing app and playing that interior design game three months ago? Free up space on your computer’s desktop or dock by removing unnecessary app or program shortcuts.

Make a point to only include to frequently used programs and apps; it will make locating items on your computer that much easier.

Your downloads folder.

When’s the last time you took a look in your downloads folder? You’ve probably got a ton of downloaded items that haven’t seen the light of day in several weeks, months, or years worth of time!

Once you locate the folder on your computer, take your time to go through items, one by one. Which items need to be saved and stored? Which items can be deleted or sent to the trash bin?

How about you? Which of these items are you going to declutter on your computer? Which items are you most looking forward to tackling? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

7 Things to Declutter from Your Computer

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.