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Simple Challenge – Week 1

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Starting month 7 of the Simple Living Challenges and I am pretty excited!  Every Monday there is a small challenge and each week of the month has a theme.

Week 1 is all about cleaning out the clutter!  

… and there always seems to be so much of that hiding around..

This week the challenge includes another area that is often overlooked, but one that still slows our lives down.

It isn’t an obvious one with simplifying or decluttering but it doesn’t make it less important.

It is also an easy one to do with a cup of lemonade and a few hours.  

Simple Living Challenge – Clean out the Electronic Clutter

I am not sure how much you are on your computer, but if you are like the majority of the world, you probably have a cluttered computer/tablet/laptop/phone.  These devices are made to hold more and more information but it doesn’t mean they should.  Clutter on these devices, just like clutter in a closet, makes it hard to find and use what we really need.

Check out these areas and clean out what you don’t need.


  • Desktop – it is always nice to have a clean look on the desktop when you start working.  (you can do your real desk-top too if you are inspired)
  • Documents folder
  • Downloads folder
  • Pictures folder
  • Music or movies if you use collect many files in there


  • Pictures
  • Books
  • Downloads


  • Pictures – this folder can get so cluttered

Got other devices or other areas of clutter on them?  Clean that out too.

For many of these files you are done with them and can delete them.  But many others need to be kept. For the ones that need to be kept use folder to sort them so you can find what you are looking for easier.

If you want help organizing your kindle check out this article.

This seems like such a basic thing but I always get behind on it.  I will be working on this challenge this week as well 🙂

Don’t forget the lemonade or a good drink for the project.  If it isn’t a desktop computer you can even find a good shady place outside to work.  Have fun!

Need help with your closet?  Courtney Carver’s Project 333 starts this week.  Check out her new dress with less microcourse too!  I have used her course and ideas in the past to simplify my whole families closets and love her simple approach.


  1. Gem Gem

    Last I checked, the Kindle didn’t allow nested collections (though I’ll be very excited if this has changed). As a result, I found it difficult to keep track of my series. After a bit of searching I found this suggestion which works pretty well, though not perfect, for me:

    Organizing by series gets a bit confusing for some books where I have both individual titles in a series and also various omnibus versions. Eventually, I settled at putting the series number of the first book in the omnibus followed by a B for omniBus (I first tried O but it looked a little too close to 0 if you don’t pay enough attention).

    • Thanks for the link, I will check it out. We break collections by people because all 4 of use use the kindle but it still ends up being a lot in each collection 🙂

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