Hey lovelies! Here’s another lifestyle post for you. I feel like I don’t do nearly enough of these…
Anyway, I figured you might benefit from a few ways I keep my digital clutter in check. Now, what is digital clutter you may ask? Personally, I define it at anything that makes me go, “Ugh” when I think about it. Keep reading to find out what my “clutter” was and how I’m managing it now.
I know this is kind of silly, but I’m the type of person that scrolls back through posts I’ve liked on Instagram to see if there’s anything that can be useful to me today. I tend to like really cool recipes, blog posts, tips and tricks posts, or things that I just find pretty. One night I noticed that they had gotten totally out of hand and every time I scrolled down a little more, I realized how much nonsense I had liked. In order to get this under control and use my Instagram ♥s as a reference when needed, I made a goal to un♥ about 30 posts a night until I was where I wanted to be. It took me about a month in total, but it was well worth it, at least for me personally.
This means follows on your blog, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube..really anything you can follow someone/a page/a group on. I make sure to go through my feeds about once a month and make sure that the people I follow are still posting content relevant to my life. Every once in a while, I’ll give someone a follow because I like them as a person without really knowing what kind of content they post. When I get bombarded with memes or articles that have zero to do with my life, I’ll go through again and make the cuts as necessary. By doing this every so often, you’re ensuring that what you see on a daily basis are things you’re actually interested in and could even benefit from.
This one is pretty easy, but it does require some effort. If you’re getting tired of all of the apps cluttering up your phone so you can’t see your pretty background image, take about an hour and just get rid of some. Make sure you go into each folder on every page of your phone and ask yourself,“Have I used this in the last 30 days?” If the answer is no, hit the (X). Chances are, if you haven’t used that particular app in a month or more, you won’t miss it. If there comes a time when you need to use that one random app, you can always re-download it, no harm done.
This is the second most important type of Digital Clutter that you need to clear out ASAP. If you’ve ever wondered why your weird ex keeps popping up in your recommended on everything, your contacts are to blame. If you’re keeping anyone’s information handy that you don’t need or don’t want anymore, they’re going to stick around until its gone. There was a study published a while ago pointing out that once you download the Facebook App on your phone, it shows you people and pages based on the contacts you keep. The same goes for your tablet and computer, too. Make sure you get rid of those creeps once and for all!
This is the most important thing you will read in this whole article. Spam and Subscription Emails are a huge one for a ton of people, and I’m no different. I let my emails accrue for two weeks when I was moving down to Florida and had thousands I had to sort through to get to what I actually needed. To combat this, I started checking my email once in the morning and once at night before bed. During that process, if I noticed something that was spam or that I just wasn’t interested in anymore, I immediately unsubscribed from that listing. The word “immediately” is the key for this tip to actually work. If you let those emails build up in your spam folder because eventually you’ll unsubscribe from them, you never will. And in the meantime, you’ll continue receiving Viagra and SeXyAsIaNwOmEnNoW ads. Just do it. You’ll feel better in the end, I promise.
I hope these tips and tricks have helped you clear a little bit of your digital clutter, and hopefully you feel better because of it. Let me know how your decluttering experience was, or if I missed anything! As always, I’d love to know your opinion.