How To Clear Out Your Onedrive

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Today, I would like to share my own personal encounter and offer some advice on how to declutter your OneDrive. As someone who relies heavily on cloud storage, I am familiar with how swiftly it can become overrun with unnecessary documents and directories. By dedicating the effort to organize and tidy your OneDrive, you can enhance its functionality and simplify the process of locating essential items. Let’s get started!

1. Assess your current storage usage

Before you begin clearing out your OneDrive, take a moment to assess your current storage usage. This will help you understand how much space you have used and identify which files and folders are taking up the most space. To do this, open your OneDrive account and navigate to the storage settings. Here, you will find a breakdown of your storage usage.

2. Review and delete unnecessary files

Next, it’s time to review and delete unnecessary files. Start by sorting your files by size, from largest to smallest. This will make it easier to identify the files that are taking up the most space. As you go through each file, ask yourself if it is still needed. If not, go ahead and delete it.

It’s important to note that deleting files from your OneDrive will also remove them from all devices linked to your account. So, be sure to double-check before you hit that delete button.

3. Organize your files and folders

Now that you’ve cleared out unnecessary files, it’s time to organize your remaining files and folders. Start by creating a logical folder structure that makes sense for your needs. This will make it easier to find and manage your files in the future.

Consider creating main folders for different categories, such as work, personal, and projects. Within each main folder, create subfolders to further organize your files. Be sure to choose clear and descriptive names for your folders to make navigation a breeze.

4. Utilize OneDrive’s built-in features

OneDrive offers several built-in features that can help you further organize and manage your files. Take advantage of these features to streamline your workflow:

  • File Versioning: OneDrive automatically saves previous versions of your files, allowing you to revert back if needed.
  • File Sharing: Easily share files and folders with others, either by sending a direct link or granting access.
  • Collaboration: Work together with others in real-time on shared files, making collaboration a breeze.
  • File Search: OneDrive has a powerful search functionality that allows you to quickly find files based on their names or contents.

5. Regularly review and clean up

Cleaning up your OneDrive shouldn’t be a one-time task. It’s important to regularly review and clean up your files to prevent clutter from building up. Set aside some time every month or quarter to go through your files, delete what is no longer needed, and reorganize as necessary.


Clearing out your OneDrive may seem like a daunting task, but with a systematic approach and some regular maintenance, you can keep your cloud storage organized and efficient. By deleting unnecessary files, organizing your folders, and using OneDrive’s built-in features, you can make your OneDrive experience more enjoyable and productive.