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Simplify My Life Challenge – Declutter Computers

Computers are a huge part of most of our lives these days, with our digital lives often being a huge part of our every day now. So it may or may not come as a surprise that instead of an actual room this month, we are decluttering our beloved computers.


Now by computer declutter, it isn’t limited to just a desktop personal computer, or a laptop, but extended to include our tablets too if that happens to be your primary computing source. Where I refer to programs, this can also be applied to applications as well.

For many, computers now hold so much important information relevant to our personal lives, from photographs to scanned documents, work and entertainment. We save files that hold essential information that we would be somewhat lost if we ‘lost’. Or if you are like me, the computer has become a place of your creativity also, such as with my project life memory keeping as a digital alternative to scrapbooking. With all that in mind, this is why I added the computer declutter to the challenge schedule.

computer declutter checklist

Decluttering My Life

Having an organised computer is not only essential to being productive, but also helps the health of your computer, by minimising the excess and keeping everything up to date.

So click below to download your free computer declutter checklist:

Computer Declutter Checklist

And for some extra computer declutter tips:

  • Make sure you have a virus and security protection program on your computer – there are plenty of good free ones if you don’t want to pay
  • Regularly back up your important files in more than one place
  • Run scheduled maintenance on your computer often, such as disk clean ups to keep things running well
  • Always be careful what you click online – even with security programs you can put yourself at risk
  • Cloud services are worth investing in, or even using the free versions for your most important documents so you can access them anywhere
  • Get in the habit of organising your computer files rather than saving everything to desktop or similar

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Simplify My Life challenge tasks to help you organise, declutter and simplify your life from head to toe, whether you want to join a couple of tasks or all of them, you can do it at your own pace. But make sure you let me know how you’re going because I’d love to hear.

How do you keep your computer healthy? Comment below and let me know your tips plus your progress with this month’s challenge.


Wednesday 8th of July 2015

I have a feeling it's going to take me a bit longer than a month, but I'll give it a go! Have been intending to do this for ages...


Saturday 11th of July 2015

Eeeek... Sounds like one you definitely need to tackle. Back up all those photos too! I'm relieved my digital life is one I keep organised these days. Different back in uni days. Good luck!


Tuesday 7th of July 2015

*runs away and hides* It's funny, I am really great at keeping the clutter in my physical world under control, but my digital world is a mess!


Wednesday 8th of July 2015

I'm the opposite generally lol my computer files can be a little OCD but real life... That takes work ;)


Tuesday 7th of July 2015

I regularly clean up images and things I download for blog posts, but I do need to get better at going through photos and deleting useless ones. I always back up to an external Hard Drive, and to Drop Box for important documents.


Wednesday 8th of July 2015

Sounds similar although I prefer OneDrive for cloud storage. It seems almost a crime deleting the less than perfect photos, but it's not like they will ever be printed or used, which is what I tell myself. And it saves so much time finding a certain pic if the 30% or so of duds are no longer there lol

Raychael aka Mystery Case

Tuesday 7th of July 2015

Great post. This has been on my to do list for far too long and I'm hoping to tackle it this week.


Wednesday 8th of July 2015

Hope you get the time to do it Raychael but then you may be celebrating a pro blogger ticket win instead haha almost time!