Let's call it digital destashing. When you want and need to clean out old bits and pixels from your life. In fact, I've been reading an excellent book called Bit Literacy that talks about properly managing all the bits in our life. From email to text messages to social media, it can get overwhelming and that weight can make us stressed.
Take back your time (and sanity) with some digital destashing! Here's some quick tips.
Start with your inbox. Ah, yes, the notorious email inbox. How many messages do you have just sitting in yours right now? Hundreds? Thousands?! It's time to wrangle your inbox! Gmail makes it super easy to tag things, have separate inboxes, and manage your email properly. Here is my favorite guide on Gmail organization.
Consolidate social media. "Oh yeah, you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Snapchat, Quora, meowmeowbeenz..." Sound like you? It's okay, I used to recklessly sign up for brand new social media sites too and then abandon a good chunk of them, but still get emails or notifications from them. The website, JustDelete.me, makes it easy to do a mass unsubscribe/delete spree to lighten the social media load.
Organize (and back-up!) your files. This one is important! It was also mentioned in the +5 Charisma blog post. Remember to back-up files, photos, music--you name it! I try to back-up everything every other month. But it's also good to have proper organization of your folders, getting rid of software or files you never or rarely use anymore (much like apps you haven't used in months on your phone).
Clean out those digital bookmarks. I have a mountain of bookmarks, spanning across four separate devices, and finally I decided to clean 'em out and only keep the ones that are truly useful. This can be difficult if you're a bit hoarder like myself (I might need that article on English Medieval cooking styles in the future!), but you'll feel a lot better.
Learn to love the offline world. This might be hard for some of us tech addicts out there, but completely unplugging from the online world is good for your health. I mean, no smartphone, no tablet, no computer, just yourself and the offline world. Can you make it for fifteen minutes? A whole hour? Challenge yourself!
And here are a couple goodies I found while doing some digital destashing myself.
This is an actual CAPTCHA thingamajig I got a long time ago and still had it in one of my random folders!
I had an argument one day about the proper way to eat sushi, chopsticks or fingers, because I eat sushi with my fingers. Then one day I found this awesome infographic and immediately sent it to the nay-sayer.
One of the first photos I took with my "big girl camera," a Nikon, at the Detroit Zoo a few summers ago. Makes me giggle because it looks like the bear is smiling for the picture!
And one more photo. This is when I was still living in the Florida Keys and visiting one of my favorite towns in South Florida, Jupiter. I used this photo in my portfolio for my high school photography class.