We are moving into the third week of the Digital Declutter Challenge. Whether you’ve done each task or only a few, you should feel good about taking a step toward digital clarity. Today’s task is to clear old media such as movies, podcasts and tv shows from your computer and portable devices.
Downloading media is smart because it gives us the chance to read, watch or listen at will. Often, we download something so we will be able to enjoy it at a time when we may not have reliable WiFi access, such as on a flight or in a remote area. In addition, streaming uses up a lot of data, so downloading can be financially prudent.
At the same time, most people rarely take the time to go back and delete downloaded media after it has been read, listened to or watched. Since these files can be large, it is wise to let them go when you are finished with them. If you’ve been keeping up with the Digital Declutter Challenge, you may already have cleared your collection on a previous day. However, if you skipped those days, or didn’t have the time to evaluate each media file, today is a chance to go back and get it done.
There are a couple of ways to tackle this task.
- The first is to open the folder where these often end up. Depending on what platform you use, this will usually be named “Videos” or “Movies.” Simply scroll through and move any movie/video/podcast you are finished with to the trash can/recycle bin.
- The second approach is to open your “All Files” (or the equivalent) folder and sort it by type. This will show you a list of every file that is on your computer so you can scroll to the section where all of your video and audio files are. Some of the most common file extensions we are looking for today are:
Popular Podcast/Audio Formats:
Popular Video File Formats:
[Note: extensions for other documents you most likely have include .pdf, .jpeg, .gif, .png (images), .docx, .doc, .txt (text documents), .xls, .xlt. (spreadsheets) and .ppt, .pptx (presentations).]
Look through your podcasts and video files and drag any you are finished with to your trash can/recycle bin.
If you mostly watch and listen on a mobile device, open either your “Music,” “Videos,” or “Movies & TV” app. Sort through and let go of anything you know you will not come back to in the future.
Are you a podcast or movie fan? Do you think deleting these will free up space?