Winter Cleanup: Digital To-Do List to Start the Year Fresh

We’re less than a week into the New Year, which means most of us haven’t yet given up on our resolutions. It’s the perfect time of year to pack things up and get organized for the winter months. Nothing really makes us feel more refreshed than a thorough home cleaning after the holiday season, but few of us remember to do the same with our devices. Computers, smartphones, and tablets can get pretty cluttered throughout the year. Given how much we use our devices on a daily basis, that clutter can cause some major headaches. Start the year off right and finish off your winter cleanup with a few reminders on this 2017 digital to-do list.

Winter Cleanup: Digital To-Do List for 2017

Purge Your Inbox

Even those of us with the most organized email accounts get cluttered from time to time. Allowing it to build up is only going to stress us out, so it’s important once every few months to delete anything we don’t need, update our folders and sort all of our old messages. Not only will it make finding information a lot easier on our email platforms, it will free up a ton of space and give us a chance to unsubscribe to annoying emails.

Contact List Cleanup

Our email accounts can get pretty cluttered, but even though we may go a few months without cleaning up our inboxes, eventually we get the job done. The same can’t always be said for our contact lists. Wherever you keep your contact lists, whether it’s in your email account, on your laptop, in your cell phone or synced up across all your devices, it’s a healthy idea to go through and delete all that information you don’t need.

Delete Unused Apps

With so many free apps available across all our devices, it’s pretty easy to build up a collection we just don’t use. If you haven’t checked how much space all your apps are taking up or how much data they’re eating up with unchecked notifications, you’ll be amazed at how many apps you downloaded during the year that you don’t need, happy with how much space you’ve cleared out and pleased to decrease your overall data use.

Winter Cleanup: Digital To-Do List for 2017

Change Passwords

Regularly changing your passwords is a crucial step that helps protect all that sensitive information you’ve built into your devices over the years. But if you’re going to change passwords on websites you frequently use, you’ll want to spend some time developing strong passwords. If you just go through the motions, you’ll likely be swapping out strong passwords for weaker ones, which is the opposite of what you intended to do.

Backup Files

We all know how important it is to back up files from our devices. But transferring information to an external hard drive has more benefits than making sure you don’t lose precious documents, images or videos. It also frees up a lot of space on all your devices. Many of us are hesitant to delete files, which leads to us keeping too much on our devices. If unsure, backup the files–it will give you more time to decide, and free up space.

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About President’s Day

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Today is Presidents? Day! And while many of you are enjoying a 3-day weekend, plenty of states and businesses don?t recognize this as a non-working holiday. The history of this holiday has always been a bit confusing, but here are a few fun facts to keep you entertained this Presidents? Day Monday.

1) Officially Called ?George Washington?s Birthday??

The very first Presidents? Day was purely a recognition of George Washington and took place on his birthday, February 22nd, 1885, which was 86 years after his death. Some states celebrated Washington?s birthday on the 22nd and Lincoln?s birthday on February 12th. It the 1950?s there was a movement to choose one day between the two birthdays to commemorate both, and to this date, the Federal Government still recognizes the holiday as ?Washington?s Birthday,? while most states and individuals commonly call it ?Presidents? Day.?

2) Lincoln?s Birthday Ignored

While many states and businesses still celebrate Lincoln?s Birthday, nothing about Lincoln is officially commemorated by any holiday according to the Federal Government.

3) Traditional Cherry Dishes

Many people still celebrate Presidents? Day by eating cherries in various forms, including cobblers, pies, cakes, and breads. This comes from the old legend regarding Washington?s honesty about chopping down a cherry tree. You can find tons of recipes on line for Washington?s Cherry Cobbler or the Cherry Chocolate Lincoln Log.

4) The Reading of the 1796 Farewell Address

To this day, there is a traditional annual reading of President Washington?s 1796 Farewell Address in the Senate. This tradition began as a way to boost morale during the Civil War on Washington?s Birthday in 1862. The first person to read the address was the Secretary of the Senate, John W. Forney.

5) Major Sales

In the 1980?s, retailers began using the three-day Presidents? Day weekend to clear out old winter stock. To this day, you can see major sales across various retail outlets as they attempt to do a little ?spring cleaning? of their own. It?s nothing like Black Friday, but you can often find much better deals on apparel during this February sale than at any other time of the year.

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