Are You an E-Hoarder?

macbook-606763Thanks to Marie Kondo and her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Decluttering seemed to be the phenomena of 2015. I gladly joined the movement and it has changed the way I relate to things. I was also inspired to declutter my life which I talked about in the following blogs:

Could You Live With Less Stuff

How to Start Decluttering

I have been focusing all my attention on the physical clutter around me, I forgot about all the digital clutter I accumulated over the years. It is easy to forget about it because it is not constantly in your face. You can just turn your screen off and forget about it.

The sad truth is that my digital clutter is much worse than the physical clutter that I had. In fact, I am embarrassed to say, I think I am a digital hoarder! Yikes!

I have come up with some scenarios to help you discover if you might be a e-hoarder as well, or if you are possibly heading in that direction. Here it goes.

  • You are embarrassed to show people how messy your desktop is
  • You have multiple layers of items on your desktop
  • You have documents on your computer that you have not opened in the last two years
  • You have a hard time deleting items from your computer
  • You rarely delete items in the trash can icon
  • You have several websites saved that you have never revisited
  • You have unimportant emails from the last five years that you have not deleted
  • You have more than one external hard drive to store items on
  • None of your documents are categorized or organized

If you can relate to more than half of these statements, it is time to turn over a new leaf in 2016 and start anew.

If you answered no to most of these statements, keep doing what you are doing. You could also share some of your amazing organizational tips so the rest of us can get it right in 2016.

Albert Einstein said some very wise words about the power of simplicity.

“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”


  1. what an excellent topic. My computer files are pretty well organized, but I definitely have a lot of files older than two years, so many that the thought of going through them to delete them is overwhelming. I probably should just go ahead and get rid of them, but maybe I’m a little bit of an e-hoarder because I’d be afraid to get of anything important

  2. I hear you! The hardest thing to let go of for me are the photos, even though I have multiples of them and I already printed them.

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