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Five tips to prevent you becoming a digital hoarder

Posted: 29 April 2019

Five Tips To Prevent You Becoming A Digital Hoarder

Decluttering and living a minimalist lifestyle is a growing trend in our homes as well as in our working spaces, but what about the tech space? Believe it or not, digital junk is a reality and can quickly become a huge frustration as it adds to the clutter and takes up unnecessary storage.

You may have heard about Marie Kondo before. Her methods of decluttering in an effort to simplify our lives has become popular across the world. However, clutter doesn’t have to only be physical items and so in this blog post we share some tips on how to prevent becoming a digital hoarder.

You’ve spent so much time decluttering your homes and your garages – why stop there!

1. Clear out regularly

Digital data has a tendency to accumulate very quickly, often without you even noticing. Your email inbox, photo library and downloads folder are a few areas that take up a lot of memory. It is important to make the effort to regularly clear these folders to reduce the amount of memory that is being taken up by dated and irrelevant data. A handy suggestion is to set a reminder once a week to go through these areas and clear them out. Once you’ve developed a system, it should become significantly easier to maintain.

2. Back up and organise your data

As you perform the weekly clear out of your data, be sure to systematically organise the data that you keep. Try putting your files and documents in relevant folders. Be sure to back up these folders regularly in the cloud in case you lose your data or if your items are stolen.

3. Take advantage of digital tools

This one is all about taking advantage of systems that save you time. Even industries that are not “tech” at their core rely heavily on digital tools to help make processes more efficient and effective. Some of these tools include bookmarking your “go-to” sites, using shared calendars and digital to-do lists which help streamline things. As a company, team or individual, take the time to explore the various tools and apps available that can help make even the simplest task more streamlined.

4. Organise cables and accessories

Cables and tech gadgets can quickly turn into clutter. Make the effort to put your cables in order and tie them neatly. Don’t be afraid to throw out or donate cables and outdated gadgets that you no longer need. A good rule of thumb is that if you don’t know where a cable belongs, get rid of it.

5. Expand your physical space

Perhaps your job relies more on electronic equipment that digital data? In this instance, a self storage unit may be the answer to help store these items for later use or for delivery if you are a business. Our conveniently located self storage facilities offer a safe and secure space to store your valuable tech belongings.

These five easy tips will help you to declutter your tech space.

If you need an accessible and professional self storage facility, give us a call on 0800 0852 954 or get a quick and easy online quote.

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