Declutter has been a big buzz word within the self-development community for the last few years. YouTube is littered with videos of people getting rid of the crap that fills their houses. One thing which is often omitted from the decluttering discussion is our digital devices. We use our phones, tablets and computers almost daily so there’s bound to be some build-up.
Why should we declutter digital devices?
Our devices only have so much space on them and when that space is taken up then the performance of the devices starts to become compromised. Not only this but using your devices when they are all cluttered and messy can be really unenjoyable. I personally hate using my laptop when it’s full of random files and photos. If you thrive on the chaos of clutter then don’t feel like you need to change anything but if it starts to hinder your productivity then it may be time for a change.
How do you declutter these things?
It’s obviously a little different to declutter your phone or laptop but I actually find it pretty easy. A simple ‘select and delete’ job and it’s done. I find that decluttering my phone every week is helpful because it just seems to build up but I do my laptop at the end of every month. Other than deleting, using files and folders can be really helpful at decluttering your technological thingy-majigs.
As a blogger, I take a lot of photos. I am always finding random photos of sunsets and cups of tea on my camera roll. Sometimes my camera roll has gotten to 600 photos and I have no clue what I need any of them for. I’ll be going through and finding Game of Thrones memes from season six and that’s when I know I need to get rid of some stuff. To declutter my photos, I start off by deleting the stuff that I know I don’t need. Then if there are any photos I want to keep then I transfer them to my USB for safe-keeping.
Emails and Messages
Clearing out my inbox has become part of my weekly to-do list. I don’t know how people can’t go through deleting their emails. Liam’s inbox has about 9000 emails and I don’t know how he can bare looking at that number. As with the photos, I just select what I don’t want and then delete. Any important emails go into their designated.
Unless it’s my texts with Liam or the group chat I’m in with my friends from university then I delete all of my texts when the conversation is done because they’re no longer needed. If it’s a text I want to keep then I screenshot it and put it in a folder on my USB because I’m a sentimental little bean. I like to go through all my social media inboxes every month and get rid of anything I don’t need.
Only a few months ago, I went through my phone numbers and I found the numbers of people that I last spoke to in school. If you don’t communicate with them regularly then just get rid of their number. If you haven’t spoken in the last year or two then you probably won’t speak again. And if you want to contact them, there’s always Facebook. If you don’t want to get rid of their number for sentimental reasons then that’s completely okay. My Nanny Yvonne passed away a few months ago and I don’t want to get rid of her number because it wouldn’t feel right so if it helps you get by, keep it in your contact list.
Friends and followers
Every few months or so, I like to have a little scroll down my friends list and just unfriend/unfollow people who I don’t really align myself with or who I just haven’t spoken to in ages. Unfollowing is a kinda taboo subject but I honestly believe that if you don’t want someone showing up in your feed for whatever reason then unfollow. Cultivate your social media feeds be something that aligns with your lifestyle and has a positive effect on you.
♡ How do you keep your digital devices decluttered?
“Clear your stuff, clear your mind” – Eric M. Riddle.
Until next time,