Unfortunately, the way you're doing is really pretty much the only way, Jasmine.
The program does include a Smart Trim feature for automatically deleting segments of your video. But these decisions are based solely on the video quality, and edits are recommended based on blurriness, poor exposure, etc.
If you're making creative decisions with each cut, you pretty much have to do it manually.
Meantime, for a basic understanding of how to use the program effectively, you should have a look at my free Basic Training tutorials for Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com.
That's kinda what I thought. I just wanted to be sure, because I'm not a Pro with this stuff yet. If I was cutting film it would be easier, but basically the same process. Cut, cut again, tape...
As computer programmer, I find myself now investigating the potential value of making a tool to just do this quickly. Been a long time since I did any graphics code though
I did look into the smart trimming, but all my clips are of equal quality - HD from a GoPro or SD from a camcorder. I'm basically just removing dead air from a video blog - most of the time, my movies are 'one take' type stuff, but the Vlog is not like that. New project I guess, new methods needed