As I’ve grown more interested in simplifying my life, the delete button is one that I use much more often. With every single file I download, I look long and hard at whether I will need it again.
I treat all of my photos and digital scrapbooking files the same way, with a discerning eye for how much value this item is adding to my life.
I don’t have room for digital clutter. Here are my tips on what to keep and what to toss.
- I KEEP original images (jpg or RAW) from my camera, however
- I DELETE roughly 1/3 of the images right away.
- I KEEP edited final jpegs in high resolution form.
- I DELETE web-sized photos I uploaded to my blog or Facebook.
- I KEEP a backup of my supplies.
- I DELETE designer ads, blinkies and duplicate copies of the current TOU.
- I DELETE duplicate copies of the preview file.
- I DELETE .zip files after unzipping.
- I DELETE kit alphas that I really don’t like.
- I KEEP original (.PSD) files, even after the layout has been printed.
- I DELETE full- and gallery-sized images after printing.
Your opinion may vary from mine and that’s just fine. Do what works for you, but make sure you have a good reason behind keeping every file! So what do you keep and what do you delete?