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Now we’re moving further into the year, and the signs of Spring are appearing (snowdrops on the lawn, daffodil buds peering up through the ground, the grey skies hopefully clearing), it’s the perfect time for people to start thinking about a spring-clean - that (ideally) once-yearly thorough clean of the house, from top to bottom.

Certainly, for our mental health, spring-cleaning is a great way to get rid of the junk we no longer need, get our work and personal spaces free of the clutter and in pristine condition, and generally just give us a sense of order in our hectic lives.

Well, whether you’re doing the physical spring-clean or not, we think it’s also the perfect time for you to do a digital spring-clean.

Here’s some great tips on how to start – you don’t need to do all of them, but even if you pick one from the list, it’s a great beginning to the start of early Spring!

1. Delete your downloads

Have you got way too many documents sprawling across your desktop? Are there dozens of downloads in your folders that you really need to sort out, but haven’t yet had time for?

We all have busy lives and busy businesses to focus on, so our files and folders – perhaps just like our desks, can get a little cluttered.

If you’re a little unsure where to start, one option is sorting the downloads folder out by type of document by going to the ‘view’ option and selecting ‘description’ in the folder screen. That way you can identify the list of documents that are image-based, word-based, pdf-based, and more.

Be careful sorting out the folder though. There’s likely going to be a few files in the downloads folder that are irreplaceable yet named something odd and unrecognisable. Rename that file to something that you’ll remember and move it somewhere safe!

2. Get Rid of Unused Apps

It’s a good idea to delete any apps on your mobile devices and computers that you no longer use. Some apps require quite a lot of data storage and therefore may even slow things down. The fewer apps you have, the more secure your system and your information.

Many devices show you how long it has been since you've used an app--if it has been more than a few months, chances are you don't need the app! If you’re wondering where to start checking your App use, on your phone/tablet settings, go to the settings to see how much data they’re using.

3. Get Rid of Notifications

The next step after sorting out your apps is to control the notifications. If you really wanted to, you could remove them all – well, except the ones for communication, especially for business. And if you do use a lot of apps for business, we recommend keeping those notifications coming – if only to cut their appearance to the times you’re in the ‘office’.

But be warned, by removing your notifications from your phone, this will contribute to reducing your phone use, potentially creating less stress in your life, and opening you up to the world outside your rectangular screen. Nevertheless, check this option out when you’ve decided.

4. Cut Down on the Email Clutter

Something that was included in the Digital Resolutions post last month, this is absolutely something we all need to do.

Email can be a huge source of distraction whether you’re at work or at home. We can get hundreds of emails every day, and it’s hard to keep on top of the emails coming into our inbox, let alone file them or – a lot of the time – read them fully.

You can cut down on the multiple industry newsletters and offers from shops by doing the following:

Take a few minutes one day to check the email newsletters you get and which ones you read. Those you don’t read on a regular basis, unsubscribe from them. All newsletters should have an unsubscribe link near the bottom of the email.

Create a rule in your email client to create a ‘Newsletters’ folder in your inbox, and which automatically sends your newsletters there.

Use Unroll Me. This is a free service that combines your email newsletter into a daily email and lets you easily unsubscribe from the newsletters you don’t want to receive. It is compatible with (Hotmail, MSN, and Windows Live), Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, and iCloud).

5. What are you paying for?

This last one isn’t always related to business, but it is something to think about because these days we’re paying for a lot of on-demand services, and it’s very easy to forget which ones!

It could be a subscription for Netflix or Amazon Prime that you’re paying for, but after several months of not using it – is it worth it? You could be using ongoing software subscription like Adobe Creative Cloud too – or, rather, not using it. If so, pause the subscription. You’ll save money while you’re not using it, and you can always resume the subscription at any time.

These subscription services do tend to increase at any time, so it’s important to keep an eye on them and what you’re paying, to determine if you’re really that bothered about the latest season of that TV show you forgot all about.

And that's a wrap! We hope these tips have helped, and you'll be doing some digital spring-cleaning soon.