Decluttering Your Computer

Decluttering Your Computer

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Computers have a habit of getting overloaded with apps, documents, downloads, and more – and most of the time, we only clean them up when they start running slow, or we stop being able to save things on them. 

Because digital files don’t take up physical space, we often don’t realize just how much our computers are holding onto. Saving boarding passes from flights years ago, pictures, and more that we probably will never look at again is something that most of us do. 

And it doesn’t matter if you have an iMac, MacBook, or a windows computer – once they are filled up with files, they will all slow down. 

Decluttering Your Computer

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Why should you declutter your computer or laptop?

There are a few reasons why you should consider regular decluttering of your computer, tablet, and even your phone! 

  1. The security of your device is at risk if you have it overloaded with apps that you don’t keep up to date. Apps that aren’t updated won’t have the latest patches and upgrades, meaning they will have some vulnerabilities. 
  2. If your desktop is packed with lots of files (usually not named well), it is going to be harder to find what you need. The fewer files and folders you have on your desktop, the more focused and calm you are likely to feel. Clutter is overwhelming because your brain tries to figure out if you need those things or not every time it sees them. 
  3. Speed is one of the best things about digital files, but if you have a lot of files, there are two ways this can be slowed down. If your computer has too much on it, its memory will be full, meaning simple functions like the search will be slower. And you might not remember what you had named the file or folder previously. 
  4. It’s better for the health of your PC in general to have less on it. While they are designed to hold a certain amount and be able to run smoothly if you push the limits of the memory, the PC won’t thank you for it. 


One of the biggest and most important parts of getting your pc or laptop up and running again is making sure that you delete what you don’t use. Start with the big memory eaters like unused apps – keep in mind that deleting apps on a mac and a windows computer will be slightly different; check this for tips on mac app removal. 

  • Go through the files that you have saved first – anything you don’t use, modify or need access to can be moved to an HDD.
  • Look at the photos you have; could they be stored on an HDD? If there are some that are really special – consider getting them printed. 
  • Do you have games or apps that were pre-loaded and you have never looked at? Time to say goodbye to them too!

Getting rid of a lot of files is one of the best things you can do to start making some space on your computer. It also means the next time you need something; you won’t need to look through everything to find it. 

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One of the things that the most organized people will do is make sure that their files are neatly organized, zipped where required, and well named now if that doesn’t sound like it is time to turn that around. 

This might be one of the biggest tasks that you have to do, and likely the most time-consuming too. You could combine it with decluttering – but it is better to focus on one action at a time. 

Rename your files with either a better description or name, and add a date too. This can be great for things like invoices and other deadline work. 


Think about how often you use certain programs, and then look at which programs you have on your task bars. Ideally, your taskbar should be filled with the programs that you use the most. Anything that is running more than three times a week deserves a spot that allows for quick access.

On a mac, you drag and drop items to the taskbar, or to remove them, drag them to the bin. For a windows computer, you will need to right-click things and then click pin to taskbar

A simple process that will speed up how you use your computer. 


Once you have downloaded the thing that you need, the chances are you will immediately close the folder and go back to what you were doing. What that means is that your download folder will be a treasure trove of things – and most things you don’t need. 

Start going through the download folder, and get rid of everything you don’t need. And for things, you do need to name and put them in the right folder. 


If you want a little visual help keeping your desktop well organized, there are free wallpapers that can help that happen. They have little sections where you can drag and drop the folders, widgets, and more. 

You can also create your own one using something like Canva. Although if you prefer to use one that someone else has created, then Etsy has plenty of downloads. 

Monthly check-in

A big cleaning on the computer is great for keeping it in good working order, but it is something you will need to do regularly. Add a reminder to your most used digital calendar, and make sure that it is a day you aren’t likely to be working. 

Regular maintenance will mean that the job never gets too big, and at the same time, as you are making sure everything is in good order, you can do all of the updates that are needed too. Although it is better to have updates run automatically, you might want to switch them to manual so you can manage them when you have time. 

Keeping your computer clean and organized is one of the ways to make it more efficient, the space around it can probably benefit from the same treatment: Optimizing The Functionality Of Your Home Office.

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