Minimalism is about creating space by identifying and appreciating the necessities in life. Our devices take up a lot of space in our lives, not in a physical way, but in a mental way. Here are some ways to help declutter your digital devices.
Declutter Your Phone
Our phones are always in our hands or somewhere within an arms reach! Ask yourself when was the last time you declutter your phone? It is surprising how much digital clutter we accumulate over time. Take a look at your photos, contacts, apps and determine which items you can get rid of.
I would suggest starting your photos, delete any duplicate, blurry or unwanted images you no longer need. Next take a look at your contacts, I’m sure you’ll find a few you no longer need. While you’re at it look over your apps and delete any apps that you do not want or use, as they are taking up precious space.
Declutter Your Computer
Another device we spend a lot of time on is our computer and we often neglect it when it comes to organizing and decluttering. We spend hours of our lives working away without thinking of all the things being stored.
To declutter your device start with organizing your desktop, take account of what needs saving and what can be deleted. In addition take some time to organize your documents and declutter as needed. I would also take the same approach when reviewing your emails, reorganize your folders and delete anything that is not necessary. Oh, and don’t forget to take out the trash. No really, empty the trash bin on your desktop!
Declutter Social Media
One more place you can declutter your digital life is social media. Whether it is Facebook, Instagram or Twitter our accounts need to be cleaned up just like anything else. This includes managing your profile, take some time to update your bio and change your profile picture if needed. Also consider removing old photos you no longer want on your profile, you can archive them or even delete them.
To declutter your account review your friends/followers and delete as needed. There is no shame in unfriending/unfollowing someone you do not have a relationship with. If that seems too harsh try “muting” or “hiding” post from certain individuals you do not interact with. This will curate your feed to focus on people you actually engage with and enjoy keeping up with.
If we’re going to be spending the majority of our days switching between devices and platforms we can at least make it a little easier on ourselves by making the experience more enjoyable.