One of the ways we live as Modern Minimalists is by decluttering our devices. This doesn’t mean we have to live with the least amount of anything. This means anything we decide to keep has value behind it. If we decide to keep an application, it is because we either use it on a regular basis. “Regular basis” doesn’t have to be an everyday occurrence – I (Nancy) check my credit card and bank account once per week to make sure transactions look right.
When it comes to keeping possession, you don’t need to justify it with anyone else but yourself. If you are comfortable with why you’re keeping something or tossing it out, own it! You often hear about decluttering your physical space, have you decluttered your digital space before? Have you reviewed what’s on your phone and computer? If not, we’re here to help.
Email subscriptions can quickly fill your inbox. Up until a couple of years ago, I was guilty of subscribing to every vendor of interest. Most of the time, I would ignore the email and it would become another clutter in my inbox. I started unsubscribing from receiving emails and found my inbox more manageable. There are stores that I shop at almost regularly but unsubscribed to. Another benefit of unsubscribing from emails is the reduced likelihood of making a purchase (out of sight, out of mind).
Have you reviewed your Downloads folder on your computer? If not, that is the place you want to start to review and delete any unwanted files. I try to review my Downloads folder on a quarterly basis at the very least – files accumulate quickly in there. Once you’re finished, don’t be scared to check out other folders on your computer; Documents, Pictures, and Desktop.
Once you’re done, spend some time reviewing the pictures on your phone. Make sure your pictures are backed up to a separate device or on a cloud solution. You probably do not need 15 of the same poses, so choose the best one (or two).
Sometimes, we install an application once and forget about it, or there was a period when the app was a hype that now died off. Either way, review those applications, both on your desktop and phone! For example, I had some games that took up a lot of space on my computer that I don’t play anymore. I don’t see myself going back to those games, so I might as well uninstall them. That way, I free up some space on my computer!
How will you declutter your devices?