It’s April and the time of year many families think about Spring Cleaning their home. But have you ever thought about Spring Cleaning your computer and digital media?
I am about to make a very embarrassing confession…
My inbox has at this very moment 11,000 unread emails.
Did you draw in your breath in shock? Because every time I open up my email I get a little sick to my stomach! Between getting added to email lists I never wanted to be on, a million daily deal emails, blog subscriptions, random press pitches, and so much more it has become seriously overwhelming. I am what Soleil Moon Frye would call a digital hoarder. Don’t even get me started on my pictures files…
Soleil calls digital clutter the silent enemy and has pointed out that in a new survey from Microsoft, 1 in 5 Americans identify themselves as digital hoarders. Just like a real mess, digital clutter can add a lot of stress to your life.
Soleil believes that you need the right tools to clear out the clutter. Take email, for instance – 1 in 4 Americans have more than 1,000 emails in their inboxes.
Soleil suggests checking out the new Outlook.com which lets you automatically schedule a cleanup to move or delete newsletters, daily deals, and other commercial mail. I am currently working on this move myself, and hope that one day I won’t be so scared of my inbox. 11,000 unread emails – sheesh!
In addition, Soleil points to apps for keeping organized.
There’s a great app for Windows 8 users called AboutOne Family Organizer.
At $1.49 this is a great way to begin spring cleaning on your computer! The app helps you keep track of everything you need to remember, saving you time by turning your notes and to-do’s, photos, videos, artwork, documents and other details into useful reports and reminders. I am planning on checking this out It would be nice to have everything in one place!
To stay on top of all my pictures I have started to use SkyDrive.
SkyDrive allows me to access and update it from virtually any computer or mobile device. Since I work on multiple computers this is great! And I can stop adding to my email clutter by emailing pictures to myself so I have them on both computers. Now I just need to check out my SkyDrive. Plus, SkyDrive even allows me to share photos albums with my family so they can see instant updates on the Grand-babies!
So, it’s your turn to confess…
Are you a Digital Hoarder too?
I am part of the Windows Champions Program. As a Windows Champion I received loan of a laptop and may receive other equipment from Microsoft to assist me in evaluating Microsoft products and services for my blogging activity. I’m excited to share all I’m learning with you!
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