Are You a Digital Hoarder?

When too many files, photos and Facebook messages clutter your computer, it's time to hit delete (13 Photos)

Meg Hemphill on Aug 28, 2012 at 12:21PM

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Are You a Digital Hoarder?

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“Hoarding behavior, as we know it, refers to the physical and compulsive act of acquiring and saving unneeded items for psychological reasons, such as fear of not having enough,” explains Donna Smallin Kuper, author of How to De-clutter and Make Money Now. Our inability to delete emails is similar: We fear that we'll want or need them someday, or we keep emails as a reminder to do things. “Instead, make a note on your calendar of what you need to do and when; if you use Outlook, you can drag an email to your calendar or Task List and then delete the email.” She also suggests creating folders within your email program to file very important, but in general most of your emails can be deleted.

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