Google+ Authentic Parenting: Spring Clean: Air out Your Cyberspace

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Clean: Air out Your Cyberspace

As the first rays of sunshine of the year peep through the window, I'm getting this uncontrollable urge to clean out stuff. As I am not in my own home and I can't be bothered to clean up someone else's mess, I thought I'd just go ahead and clean up my cyberspace, as that's where I spend most of my free time anyway. And why not write about it while I'm at it?
Cluttered cyberspace does the same thing to your mood clutter IRL does: it frustrates and tires you.

Image: Adam Selwood
Go through your wall and figure out if there are any of the tweets you follow that bother you more than you enjoy it. Throw them out. Everything that makes your existance lighter is one point for the home team.

Throw out all the contacts you added just because you were being nice, throw out those you have on there only to spy on. Throw out the ones you will never need or want to talk to. Your Facebook account is your space, you don't have to have people on there just to be nice or just because you went to school with them 15 years ago, or just because you met them at a drunken soirée one night. You control your friend's list. If you don't want someone on there, delete them. If there are people on there that inhibit you from saying what you'd like to be saying, get rid of them. It's not a popularity contest. And while you're at it, take a look at your security settings and make them so that you are comfortable with them.
Go through your pages and unlike all those that you're not getting anything useful off. If things are clogging up your feed, but you don't want to unlike, hide them.

Follow blogs just to be nice? Enough, unfollow. Don't feel bad about that. Just read what uplifts you, what brings you the info you need. Anything that's on there just to be scrolled through every time is clutter. If it's a good blog, they won't notice you are missing and your space will be filled fast enough, if it's not, then what are you doing there.

Go through your email and throw out everything that is outdated or useless. Do the same with your contact list.

PC or laptop
Clean up your desktop and only put the things you use every day on there. Documents go in folders and there is such a thing as subfolders. Make everything clean and organized so you don't loose time looking for things. Back up your pictures and your videos and everything else important (ebooks, music...)

You control your cyberspace. The reason you are on there is to gain information, not to loose time or get frustrated. Make your cyber life a place of love and light. If like me, you spend way too much time on there, it will be highly beneficial for your life in general.
Think of anything I've forgotten? Got the cybercleaning vibe yourself? Share your ideas in the comments below



  1. Ah great idea! I could definitely use some spring cleaning in cyberspace.

  2. We definitely need to do it on a regular basis! Thanks for the reminder!

  3. We definitely need to clean cyberspace on a regular basis. I must confess: I don't, and it makes me feel overwhelmed and cluttered! Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Great idea :) Thanks for the reminder. I've been doing this now and again, but not regularly. And it really needs doing now.

  5. I am a first time visitor (from Good Goog) and this post resonated with me straight away. I've been onto my reader for a while now. There is more work to do, but it is already down to a manageable volume. It's so great when you actually get to read the blogs you enjoy, instead of loosing them amongst everything else.


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