Simple Living

Published on August 15th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

5 Ways to Simplify Your Virtual Life

More and more people are consciously turning to simple living as a reaction against materialism and mass consumption. We try to live slowly, to reduce and reuse, to lead sustainable lifestyles but in an age when all of us have online presence, it is time to accept that virtual and real lives are parts of one entity and to finally adapt some of the advice we have heard about simple living to our virtual lives as well.

And although some proponents of simple living renounce the use of technology, it actually plays a vital role in the quest for achieving a simple, greener life, allowing for less reliance on paper and reducing the individual’s carbon footprint. Yet, in order to let cutting-edge technology contribute to leading a more sustainable lifestyle, we need to consciously simplify our approach to it in the first place.

1. De-clutter Your Computer

You can de-clutter not only your rooms and drawers. Think of your computer as your virtual home and you will easily identify the spaces you need to clear up.

Go through your folders, one by one and purge files and applications you don’t need, or haven’t used in ages.

[CC Image by Thomas Carillo]

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