With the new year upon us, I’m sure you have resolutions and goals for your personal life and your Silhouette or Cricut business. One way to help yourself stay focused this year is to get rid of clutter. Today, I’m not talking about that holographic vinyl you bought that you still haven’t used (guilty!) or the card stock pack you’ve been swearing to use for two years (guilty again!). Instead, I’m talking about digital clutter.
By clearing digital clutter, it takes less time to find the files you need – and it may even make your computer, tablet, or phone run faster.
Digital Clutter: 9 Things to Get Rid of Now
- Freebie files that you’ve downloaded and won’t use again/ever. Everyone loves free graphics! In fact, when I come across them I usually download them. Sometimes, the file isn’t what I expected it to be. In other cases, I just don’t have the time to use the freebie. Go ahead, free yourself and delete them.
- Any design you’ve created for one time use. Remember that time you made a shirt for your cousin’s sisters best friends neighbor? You probably won’t use that cut file again, so go ahead and delete it.
- Font download files. If you are like me, you download a lot of fonts. Once the font is installed on your computer, you don’t need to keep the install folder. However, this is one thing that I don’t delete entirely. I move the files over to my Dropbox account and off of my computer. This allows me to keep the install files in case I have computer issues. Don’t have a Dropbox account? Click here.
- Photo bloopers. You know: You took 28 photos to get a perfect one of your newest product. But, did you take the time to delete the bloopers? If not, now is the time!
- Online bookmarks. If there is one terrible habit I have, it’s bookmarking things that I never go back and read. Go through your bookmark list and remove anything you will never read.
- Email subscriptions. Do you get a lot of marketing emails from companies you don’t regularly buy from? If so, unsubscribe from them – your email box will thank you.
- Old emails. While I never delete communications from customers or suppliers because I like having a record to refer to, everything else goes.
- Social media accounts you don’t interact with or view. If you follow a lot of accounts on Instagram or Facebook that you never interact with – get rid of them. A shorter feed will give you more time for other things. (Stop! I better not see you delete Cutting for Business from your feed!)
- Apps and software you don’t use. Who needs eight different apps that all do the same thing? Not me – and not you! Pick your favorite one and delete the rest. While you are deleting, delete any apps that you don’t regularly use.
Whew! After your binge, don’t forget to empty your computer’s recycling bin or trash can. Already finished? How about head to the craft room and starting cleaning, too?!
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