How To Properly Spring Clean Your Computer

By Frederique Bros
on 19 October 2015

Take your time, decluttering properly on a computer takes time and commitment – set your goals. For example, do it during a weekend, or a holiday or plan 1 hour per day for a week. Here are some of my easy and efficient tips to spring clean your computer.

Clean Up Your Old Emails

I’m a natural tosser and I don’t get sentimental about keeping emails. To keep my mail tidy delete old emails every three or four months.

Create Email folders and Sub Folders

Follow the same system as you do to organise your computer documents by creating main folders for each task, client, or company and sub-folders within them.

For example – I have a main folder for ‘Clients’ and a subfolder per company.

Create A Separate Folder For Your Personal Emails

Don’t mix business with your personal stuff – this applies to your work of course but also to your home.

Delete The Emails You Sent

I delete emails I send after the end of the month – last month I deleted 811 emails! This is a good tip to clean up the computer’s memory.

Delete Emails With Attachments

Emails with attachments will ruin your computer’s memory – keep the ones that are important or place them in one of your folders and delete the others.

Empty Your Junk And Trash

Delete your trash and junk emails every day – your computer will love you for doing it!

Delete Email Signatures That You Don’t Use

If you have multiple email addresses, clean up the email signatures you don’t use anymore.

Don’t Print Emails

One more thing, please save the environment by not printing emails – an email is digital and should stay that way, plus it will allow you to avoid a mess on your desk – just saying.

Clean Your Internet Browser

Internet is not the exception for keeping/having a clean computer. First, clear the browsing data also called History (but not the passwords if you are using a personal computer) but a must-do if you are using a public computer.

Create A Bookmarking System

Place in the main tab the websites you are using every day (the top one) and create folders for each category for the others. For example, have a shopping folder for your favourite shopping online websites you’ve bookmarked.

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