We just finished up a whole series on working on that paper clutter in your life, but there is also digital clutter that you need to take care of. When you take a look at your phone, does it resemble your junk drawer? Apps any which place, page after page of unused apps? I like to keep all of my home screen apps in folders. I have an agenda calendar widget with my upcoming events, a to-do list, and 2 folders on my home screen (social media and work related apps). Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, you can do a lot of modification to apps using folders. I like to create folders that relate to each other and keep infrequently used apps together.
Take a look at how many photos you have. If you have little ones, you tend to take about 50 pictures of your kid to get that really good one. I take the extra two minutes while watching some mindless TV show and delete all of the recent outtakes. Not only does it give you some additional space on your phone, but it also makes it easier to upload the right ones to social media since only the good one remains on the camera roll. If you have thousands of photos, it may be quite a task to get rid of them. Similar to my home screen, I like to use folders for my pictures, such as one for upcoming Instagram posts, funny things I screenshot to show my husband, the best pics of my kid. This way, when someone asks to see a recent pic, I can pull up a perfect shot that actually took 30 tries!
When it comes to apps, I like to keep fewer, partially for space, but partially for keeping me off the phone all day and night. There are many apps that I download only as needed, such as Uber and Dominos, and then uninstall when I’m done. I still have my account with each company and need to re-log in each time I download, but it saves my phone a whole lot of space and clutter on my physical phone when I don’t keep them for occasional usage.
As an aside, I recently got a new phone and noticed there were 7 apps on there that I did not download. It was easy enough to uninstall them and it saved me 4 GB. You may see the same on yours. Your phone will not delete any app that is integral to its use, so don’t worry about that!
When you take a look at your contacts list, how many of the people do you actually talk to? When I first got on Facebook over a decade ago, it started importing all of my friends’ information. I had email addresses and phone numbers for people I had in one class 15 years ago. If I ever needed to contact that person, I would never look at my contacts first. I would definitely go to Facebook and find them on there. When you’re looking through your contact list, decide which people you would look for in contacts if you wanted to reach them.
Lastly, clear your cache (here for Android and here for iPhones) and do a restart. The cache folders are basically just junk files and can be safely deleted. It may slow your first visit back to that app or website, but it will not do any harm.
Keeping your phone organized is just as important as a clutter-free home. It affects you in ways you didn’t even realize til it’s been cleaned up!