Spring cleaning is a time honored tradition. We start the year off right by getting rid of what we don’t need anymore. That gives us room for new things like the Christmas gifts we got last year. When doing your cleaning, don’t forget to clean up your computer.

Raven Moore reminded us to manage our emailsbut there is still work to do offline. New programs and files can add up. The recent updates to my computer took up 100 GB! To keep adding things to your computer, there has to be enough room to do so. You’ll be surprised to know that real life spring cleaning rules will help you make room on your computer.

1. Get Rid of Duplicates and Junk

In real life, we can occasionally use more than one of something. However, you generally don’t need more than one bed in your bedroom. You take the one you need and get rid of the other one. Similarly, if you have duplicate files, you can get rid of them if they serve no purpose.

2. Dispose of Things You No Longer Use

Generally, I keep files of my writing. They are all unique to me. However, there are some programs and files that I never use anymore. These are programs I downloaded for one use or have since become outdated. You may have forgotten that they are on your computer since it’s been so long since you used them. Look through everything on your control panel and search for the programs you no longer need. Once all this is gone, there is a chance that your computer will run faster.

3. Organize What Is Left

When going through your house during spring cleaning not only will you find things you want to get rid of, but you’ll also find things that you want to keep and take care of. To keep track of the things you hold dear, you have to organize them. To organize your computer put the important files and folders in a place where you can easily access them.

4. Keep It Safe

Once you have an orderly computer, don’t forget to back it up! You never know when a virus will hit or your system will crash. I’ve known a lot of people who lost all their data at a critical time like several pages into a paper or 40,000 words into their novel. I’ve even known people who have had their laptops stolen and lost the work on it. Don’t let that happen to you. Buy a backup hard drive.

So, do some spring cleaning. It will require no heavy lifting. You will thank yourself in the long run. No one has ever regretted getting organized.

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Hi, my name is Raven and I don’t delete old emails. This is embarrassing to admit, but I still have emails from freshman year of college. I’m a junior now, which means that I still have almost every email I have received since 2012. I am not going to tell you the exact number but I will say that if I could somehow transform my emails into currency, I’d have a lot of money.

I don’t know why I struggle with deleting emails after I read them. I do, however, know that I am not the only person who needs to do some spring cleaning on their inbox. I could continue to let the emails accumulate and see how much I’ll have senior year before I graduate. But I know that’s not a good idea, especially since checking my email will be become more tedious than it has to be.

This is one of the reasons why going back to delete old emails is so important. If you’re like me and get at least twenty emails per day, you don’t want to be overwhelmed by all of the unread messages you have. When just looking at all of the emails I have begins to overwhelm me, I tend to not look at all of them, which isn’t good because it’s easier to overlook something important that way. I get a few emails in and then I decide to go do something else because my brain feels like it’s going to explode from staring at the screen for so long.

I know that this is not a good thing to do, which is why I suggest setting aside some time and dedicate it to doing some inbox cleaning. Even though you might not want to, take the time to look through any unread email, delete the ones you don’t read and organize the ones you do need into folders. I know this sounds like a pain, but once you do this checking your email will cease being so scary.

Old habits can become hard to break if you don’t stop the cycle. You don’t want to enter into the workforce or even continue through your college career without organizing your inbox and making sure it isn’t too cluttered. Having an inbox with over four thousand emails both read and unread will become the norm if you don’t try to break the habit of letting your emails accumulate.

The importance of cleaning out your inbox goes beyond eliminating the stress that comes with checking your email; it is also a good way to stay on top of the things you need to do. I know that I am not the only one with a messy inbox, so I hope that those of you who are reading this will think about the importance of deleting old unnecessary emails. Once you’re through with the entire process, it will feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Maybe that’s not even close to what you’ll feel but having a neat and orderly inbox will make a life a lot easier.

And when you’re in college, easy is always a good thing.

So what are you waiting for? Go clean out that inbox!

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