Never ending emails, incoming text messages, social media notifications, and the constant desire to know what your peers are up to — it can all be incredibly overwhelming. I call it “digital clutter.” According to a November 2018 article I read on Anxiety & Depression Association of America (www.ADAA.org), the more technology we acquire, the more stressed out we seem to become. No surprises there, right?
If I had to be honest, as convenient as it is to have, I believe we would all be in a much healthier mental state without social media and the overwhelming amount of information. However, we’re not in a perfect world so the alternative would be to come up with ways to minimize the digital clutter and work on identifying when it has become way too much. Below is a list of ways to digitally declutter your life, which I am currently tackling and girl…
Delete old emails.
Going through and getting rid of old emails is without a doubt one of the most time-consuming tasks on this list, but a great way to digitally declutter and free up storage space for the important things only. If you have a Gmail account, your storage is shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos, which brings me to my next point.
Delete unwanted photos.
It’s so easy to accumulate a ton of selfies and family photos. If you’re anything like me, you take a ton of pictures just to get that perfect one and end up with what looks like 30 of the same exact pictures. Like emails, deleting unwanted photos is also a great way to free up storage space. Even the photos that you do want to keep, I would highly recommend downloading an app called Free Prints, which allows you to print photos from your smartphone. You can even add them to a photo album just like the old days.
Delete unused contacts and old text messages.
Listen, life is too short to still be holding on to unused contacts and text messages. I don’t know what it is or if it’s just me, but there’s nothing more freeing than deleting individuals from your phone that you’re no longer in contact with. It’s an awesome way to spiritually and digitally declutter.
Unfriend and unfollow those who add no value to your life.
As upset as it may make some people, sometimes you just have to unfriend them. Never feel bad for unfriending or unfollowing those who add no significant value to your life. Part of the problem now is that we spend so much time on social media, so keeping certain people around digitally is almost just as effective (good or bad) as keeping them around in “real life.”
Delete or clean up old tweets and statuses.
If you’re still on Facebook, then you know they have this feature that allows you to take a trip down memory lane and view statuses and photos you posted on this day over the years. Honestly, I spend more time deleting those than actually reminiscing on them. This is a great way to digitally declutter as people do grow and points of view often change.