Purging Stuff: Week 4 – Digital Cleanout

Digital clutter can be just as maddening at the visual kind.

This was the final week of the de-clutter challenge.   I focused on the office and the computer.  Even though you may not be able to see the clutter on your computer, boy is it ever there!  In a way, I did this to organize myself to go more electronic and reduce more of the paper coming into the house.  Paper clutter is my #1 pet peeve!


Step 1:  Remove Unnecessary Files – I went through all my folders and deleted files I no longer needed, temporary files, files I couldn’t even open anymore!


Step 2: Organize Folders – I re-organized some of my folders, moved some files to better places, stuff like that.  I also added folders for electronic statements and receipts.  I have gone electronic for quite a few of my bills, but didn’t really have a place to store the ones I may need.  To reduce the paper clutter, I am going electronic on some of our receipts as well.  Anything really important, large purchases, I will scan the receipt.  I will still keep the paper one, for now, just in case.  But this will make things so much easier to find.  Anyone buy anything at Sears lately?  You can opt for “email receipt only”!  Love it!


Step 3: Scan Important Docs – I scanned any important documents or receipts we had to make it easier to find them.  The kids’ physicals was the first!  How many times do you go looking for their latest one for some reason or another?  Most of the time you can email a copy.


Step 4: Backed Up All Files – I backed up everything – files, pictures, music.  I also set a reminder for myself in my online calendar to do this more often.


Step 5:  Go More Electronic – Most of my bills and statements are electronic.  But I did find a few odd items that can be converted to cut down on the paper. 


To refresh you memory, here are the results from the first 3 weeks:


Week 1: Purging Stuff: Week 1
Week 2: Purging Stuff: Week 2 – Toys and Electronics
Week 3: Purging Stuff: Week 3 – Food 


How do you deal with digital clutter?

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5 Responses to Purging Stuff: Week 4 – Digital Cleanout

  1. Small Footprints February 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Great idea! Here’s another benefit … cleaning out the computer makes it run more efficiently and uses less energy. I didn’t believe this until one day, after awhile of not cleaning things, I noticed that the little fan on my laptop was running … a lot. So I cleaned out files, defragged and optimized, and the little fan stopped running overtime. Amazing! Another tip, do a little dusting around the computer … that’ll also help things to run better. Thanks so much for sharing your rubbish diet … I’ve learned a lot!

  2. The Greening Of Westford February 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Thanks for that tip! I’ll have to dust too – I’m noticing lots of dust bunnies now that I look. Yikes!

  3. ecokaren February 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    I have to do this next. My laptop is creaming at me as I type this. I clean out the trash and unused files all the time but I know there are files and photos that need to be deleted. Big. Time. So before I go out and buy another external hard drive, I better clean this one out first. Great post.

    Here is a related post on de-cluttering your virtual life.
    http://greenlivingideas.com/2011/08/15/5-ways-to-simplify-your-virtual-life/

    Thanks for participating on my challenge. So glad I got to ‘meet’ you!

  4. Good Girl Gone Green February 7, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    I dislike clutter! I try to do small clean ups daily so it doesn’t get out of control! 🙂

  5. The Greening Of Westford February 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    I agree Good Girl that doing it in small batches so it doesn’t get out of control is the best approach. With 3 kids and a husband it doesn’t always happen 😉

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