We are well aware how physical clutter causes distraction and how we are emotionally tied to it and just cant let it go.
But digital clutter is different beast altogether. I don't know what to do with all my hoarded bookmarks, thousands of emails (thanks to infinite GBs provided by email today), subscriptions on various sites, rss feeds, Todo lists, maps markings, outlook PST. Often older things are left just like that with switches from social networks, email, IM applications, address books, bookmark managers, password managers etc.
I work as a programmer and naturally I have collection of my programming projects, some projects that I can still use, most of other I can not, many scripts (bat/shell/groovy), older programs/projects coded in c++, a language which I no longer use, some projects in near extinct languages (VB6, ASP) and so on. But I still have them just for 'some day', 'historical', 'emotional' or just because I worked so many months on this project, how could i delete it.
It's way too easy to collect (free free free), way too easy to hide (just move to different folder/archive), and way too easy to delete too (but often not deleted because of emotional attachments). Here I am not talking about excessive downloads, movies, mp3, software etc. I find myself being easily able to delete those. I tend to hoard data that I mentioned above.
UPDATE: To be more precise with what exactly I am looking for, i am rephrasing the questions:
- What kind of data to keep and and for how long(bookmarks, contacts, calendar, todo list (RTM)))?
- What should one do with older project (may be coding, artwork, writings etc)?
- How to handle information clutter/overflow (so many logins to remember, emails to check, feeds to read, task to mark complete, banking transaction histories etc)?