In this modern world we are bombarded with new apps, email subscription pop ups and notifications.It can be easy to get overwhelmed and let the digital clutter build up.
All of us at some point need to digitally declutter our phones, computers etc to be more productive, organised and (hopefully) feel less overwhelmed.
Taking the time to completely declutter your digital space is just as important and beneficial as decluttering your physical space.
To help reduce the overwhelming feeling of tackling your digital clutter, I will share my personal digital declutter checklist for you to download and use!
Are you ready to have the most satisfying and effective digital declutter that you’ve ever had?
Before we get started, don’t forget to save or pin this post to pinterest so you can come back to it when you need another digital declutter.
How To Digitally Declutter Your Phone
It is estimated that there are 3.5 billion smartphone users across the world, that’s a lot of digital clutter if you ask me.
Smartphones are literally the epicentre of digital clutter with the installation of apps taking less than a minute, your emails going straight to your phone and endless notifications!
Here are the exact steps that I go through to completely digitally declutter my phone:
- Delete any apps you have not used within the last month – if you haven’t used it for that long, chances are, you probably won’t use it again. And if you do need to use it after deleting it, you can just download it again.
- Organise apps into folders – I don’t understand how anyone can have their apps all over their phone. I need to have mine in organised folders, just like a desktop of a computer. I recommend trying this method as it will make you feel much less overwhelmed.
- Upload and backup photos – if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got thousands of photos on your phone. Upload these to icloud, google photos or Dropbox and then delete them from your phone.
Top Tip: Backup photos to an external hard drive to make sure they are definitely safe. I recommend and use the Seagate portable external hardrive.
- Use your phones optimiser: Most phones nowadays have a built in optimisation app which helps reduce background data, frees up memory and storage etc.
- Delete old messages, calls and voicemails: You really don’t need that conversation from 2018 do you? Unless it contains really important information that you need to keep, just delete it! You can always screenshot the messages you need if they’re important.
- Turn off unnecessary notifications: Turning off the notifications from random apps helps declutter your notification centre. It also means you will be more productive whilst working as your phone wont be pinging all the time!
How To Digitally Declutter Your Computer
Just like our phones, computers can get very cluttered with downloads, notifications and random saved files, if they’re not decluttered regularly.
If you spend a lot of time on your computer/laptop, you know what I mean.
Here are the steps I go through to digitally declutter my laptop:
- Delete desktop files/shortcuts: Having a cluttered desktop is not great to open up your laptop to. Take the time to delete the desktop shortcuts and files you no longer need. You can then organise the remaining files.
- Delete downloads: Go to your downloads folder and delete all the downloads you no longer need. That Nandos menu PDF you downloaded a month ago doesn’t need to stay on your computer.
- Back up files onto an external hardrive: Get that external hardrive back out and transfer all your important files onto it. You can also upload them onto a cloud based system for easy access and safe keeping.
- Delete old documents: Go through your files and delete any you don’t need anymore. Don’t forget to open the documents before you delete them to check they’re not important!
- Organise remaining files: Create folders for different areas of your life and sub-folders in these to further organise your files. Make sure to name your folders properly so that you can find them again easily.
Top Tip: Add numbers to the start of your folder names and they will be organised in numerical order. This makes it easier to navigate to your most used files
- Clear browsing history: This ones self explanatory but I find clearing my browser history and cache makes my laptop feel more organised!
- Get rid of old browser bookmarks: Before I started being serious about digitally decluttering my life, I had tons of bookmarks saved. Now I have 2 that I use very regularly. It looks more organised and it means I am not distracted by the random tabs at the top of my screen.
How To Digitally Declutter Your Emails
Having an unorganised email inbox stresses me out so much. I don’t understand how anyone can have thousands of unopened emails and an inbox with more than 5 emails in.
If this sounds like you, what are you doing? Having an organised inbox will help you be so much more productive.
I know it seems boring and yes, it might take some time but I promise you will thank me for it. Stick on some music or a podcast and the time will fly by. Why not check out my top 5 productivity podcasts to help pass the time?
Here are my steps for digitally decluttering your emails:
- Read your most recent emails: If you’ve had new emails within the last 24-48 hours, you should probably read them and check they’re not important.
- Respond to important emails: whilst you’re in your inbox, why not respond to those important emails you’ve been putting off? You will feel so much better having replied and got them out of the way!
- UNSUBSCRIBE: Remember that 10% discount code you signed up for from Topshop but then continued to get emails from them? You can unsubscribe from this!! At the bottom of emails you will see a tiny unsubscribe button which will take you off the companies mailing list
Top Tip: Not all newsletters are spammy and full of rubbish you dont want to read. Including mine! Fancy seeing some helpful productivity, organisation and bullet journaling tips in your inbox each week? Then sign up to my newsletter! Dont worry you can unsubscribe at anytime 🙂
- Delete unwanted emails: This one is obvious but any emails you have read and no longer need, just delete them.
- Check and delete spam: Check your spam emails for any that have ended up there accidentally. Move any important ones to your inbox and then delete the rest!
- Organise remaining emails into folders: You will inevitable have some emails that you cant delete because they are important. These can be organised into folder
I have 45 folders in just one of my inboxes and although that might seem excessive, it does meant that I can find any email easily and my inbox isn’t cluttered.
Top Tip: Have a Miscellaneous folder for emails that dont fit into any other category.
- Delete trash: The best feeling is when you can delete your trash, return to your inbox and you have zero emails sitting there.
I hope this post helps you declutter your digital life and that you feel super organised afterwards!
Have I missed anything important? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what you guys do to digitally declutter.
Thank you for reading,