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If computers had dust bunnies, I know where they’d hide. There are three often-missed areas that can become easily clogged and congested with old files. (More on that in a minute.)

When your computer and devices become digital dumping grounds for unused or duplicated files and programs/applications, it has an impact on how efficiently you and your devices operate.

How do you feel when you look at your digital mess?

Likely it makes you feel overwhelmed, stressed and maybe even a tad embarrassed. In fact, looking at digital disorganization has the same impact on your state-of-mind and well-being as looking at a pile of clutter on your desk.

It’s time for a digital detox

Put on your rubber gloves and get out your broom. I’m about to show you the three key areas you can attack right now, to clean up the data dumping ground that is clogging your computer and slowing you down from getting your important work accomplished.

To get you in an organizing frame of mind, watch this video where I share a secret about my past, and a few helpful insights to help you decide what to keep and what to delete.

Three areas where digital clutter lurks
  1. Downloads folder
    Can you recall the last time you opened your downloads folder? That’s the place that’s likely bursting with every attachment you’ve ever received via email. By purging (or putting away) those useless PDFs, pictures and videos, you’ll hear a sigh of relief from you computer now that all that storage space has been freed up.
  1. Trash/Recycle Bin
    Taking out the garbage is no fun at home … but doing so on your computer is as easy as a couple of clicks. I love hearing the crumpling noise it makes when all those useless are disposed of permanently.
  1.  Apps
    Cleaning out your apps can feel like cleaning out your closet. The organizing principle of if you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it, applies. Resist being an App hoarder. Not only do they take up bandwidth (especially on your mobile device), they get in the way of your useful tools.
What’s your favourite hiding place for digital clutter? Let me know in the comments section below!