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Digital Clutter: 9 Things to Get Rid of Now

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Crafting and running a craft business in today’s modern world can leave you with a lot of clutter. 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 Delete Today -

What is Digital Clutter?

Digital clutter can be summed up by disorganization of digital goods. Put simply: it is extra files, unnecessary apps, and excess photos that take up space on your electronic devices. Digital clutter doesn’t just apply to computers – I bet you’ve got digital clutter on your tablet, cloud storage, external hard drive, phone, and social media accounts, too!

Digital Clutter: 9 Things to Get Rid of Now

Free Files that You 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 marathon shirt for your fourth cousin once removed? 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? Get a Dropbox account.

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. Be sure that if you delete an app that has a subscription plan with it that you also cancel the subscription. Otherwise, you’ll be paying for something you no longer have.

Empty the Trash

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?! 😂


Monday 6th of January 2020

Great information! Thanks for sharing!

Christine, Cutting for Business

Wednesday 15th of January 2020

Happy to share!


Sunday 14th of January 2018

Thank you so much :)


Wednesday 10th of January 2018

Thank you for all your amazing advice. What about fonts in alphabets that I'm sure I'll never use? Such as Japanese? For some reason they are installed in my computer; possibly they came with my Adobe software. Will anything happen if I get rid of them??


Saturday 13th of January 2018

Feel free to delete them.

Cindy Williams

Thursday 4th of January 2018

I so desperately need to do this but it takes SO much time!! Now if you could only come up with a speedy way to do it! Thanks as always Christine!


Friday 5th of January 2018

Cindy, It absolutely does! I'm so guilty of accumulating too much digital clutter!

Sue Gilbert

Thursday 4th of January 2018

I've been spending a little time each day going through the 4000+ items I had saved on Facebook. I have it down to less than 700. Next I tackle my browser bookmarks. Those will take me much longer!


Friday 5th of January 2018

Sue, good luck! :)