Y’all, digital hoarding is a major pain point in my life. If you’re unfamiliar with digital hoarding, it’s basically what it sounds like – hoarding, but of digital things. I feel like I’m always on a track to combat digital hoarding and today, I want to talk about how I’m planning to do so, because chances are, you probably need to do it, too.
My digital hoarding problem has always been a problem for me, but it really came to light when I realized last week that my “Downloads” folder was over 10 GB of space. That’s a lot of stuff, most that I’ll probably forget about soon. Personally, there are three areas that I tend to hoard things in on my computer and today, I want to share my plan for tackling all of them.
How to Combat Digital Hoarding (or at least how I’m doing it)
1. The Downloads Folder
Like I mentioned before, my downloads folder is big. I still have a download in there from 2016, a stock photo. I’ve downloaded a lot of things for my blog and most of them have been moved if they need to be, but the stock photos are gonna be the death of me, y’all. So over the weekend, I’ve got plans to tackle this folder and be done with it. Anything that I don’t think I’ll use, it’s going in the trash (which also probably needs to be emptied, if I’m being honest).
2. Tackling Dropbox
I use Dropbox like it’s my Documents folder. I pay for the 1 TB of storage every month and I love that I can save things in Dropbox, but not have them on my computer. Because of this nifty little feature, I still have documents from school, from my time in politics, and book drafts from 2011. It’s a bit of an overkill, but eventually, I’m going to start clearing out what I don’t need. Most of my work from politics is stuff I don’t need at all – graphics, videos I compiled from interviews, things like that.
For a long time, I didn’t want to go into that folder because it reminds me of a not-so-stellar time in my life, but it’s time to just clear it out and save what I need for portfolio pieces and delete the rest.Digital Hoarding is a #21stcenturyprob, right? It's still a problem, though. Click To Tweet
3. Evernote Needs Some Help, Too
I’ve had my Evernote account since I was in high school. For a while, I stuck everything into it, until I realized that’s not what I really need it for. Slowly, I’m going through my tags, deleting ones that are repetitive, that have no notes attached to them, that mean absolutely nothing. The notes I took for my science class in college, I probably don’t need those since I have no background for them.
Everything that I have that needs to be tackled, I think Evernote is definitely the biggest one I’m looking at. I’m trying to do new ways of organizing my Evernote account, and I’m hoping to finish that up pretty soon.
4. Finally, Tackle all the PDF e-books I have
Between freebies and blogging packages I’ve purchased, I have a lot of PDFs that are actually e-books that I still need to read. I’ve stuffed them both in Dropbox and Evernote, but I’m not thinking of resources to read in either one of those applications. So I’m going to round them all up and put them in iBooks, where I’ll actually read something. Because it’s a reading app. And I might actually read some of those PDFs.
Digital hoarding is a big problem in my life, and I’m hoping as I try to tackle one thing at a time, I can finally get some more space on my computer (I got like, 10 GB of space left on my computer). Also, having an organized computer would just bring me more peace of mind in my life. And who doesn’t want more peace of mind?