2020 New Year’s Digital Decluttering Challenge

Notepad next to laptop and smartphone.

2019 was a year of clearing out the digital dust bunnies and electronic cobwebs. Decades of digital clutter made this an arduous task. Great success and progress was made, but the shear amount of screen time it takes gave me a headache some days.

Limiting my overall screen time by using a timer has helped a lot and also being much more mindful of what digital data I do decide to keep has slowed most of the accumulation.

I have made great progress in areas such as; emptying my Downloads Folder along with deleting/organizing 1000s of photos and several GBs of videos.

My Starting Line Stats for 2019 showed I had a total of 4,390 photographs. A lot, but still manageable. I am now, after all of that deleting and organizing, sitting at a total of 7,662 photographs. Oops! Not the direction I want the numbers to go, but here I am. The realities of my digital life. Similar to many of you.

Travels, digital documentation, and a screen shot note-taking style have contributed to this growing monster. Happily, I have a huge amount of photos for my art adventure blog series and will be organizing and deleting the photos down as I write each digital magazine article.

Follow me as I continue to show, through my own challenges, exactly what it takes to lead a digitally decluttered life. How much time? Any special equipment or programs? Do I use lists? And where is my accountability? Should you consider working with an Excel/Numbers program to show my progress using a line graph.

Writing Digital Declutter: The BIG Checklist has also been a big help. It helps me prioritize my tasks, shows my progress, and just how much more was hiding there in corners and behind poorly titled files. So much space has been saved, and putting items in more logical places is making it much easier for me to access everything quickly.

  • This year I will complete my own digital declutter journey.
  • This year I will continue to set good habits to complete this journey.
  • I will be releasing Digital Declutter: The BIG Checklist this fall for you to also complete your own digital deep decluttering.

Today’s Tip: A photographer friend of mine has run into the problem of yet another cloud storage option, Flickr, reducing the amount of free data space available. Always be watching for trends in data storage solutions! Be prepared for the energy it takes to be chasing free options. Free isn’t always the best.

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Good Luck to everyone on their way to a digitally decluttered life!