to delete and will give you a feeling of momentum. Now
you’re left with pretty good photos, but you only need one
from each set. I’ve found that when I’ve taken the photos recently, I can’t decide which photo is the best one. In one the
lighting is better, but I prefer my smile in the other one. When
this happens, I have to just give up and come back later. It’s
amazing how looking at a photo with fresh eyes gives you a
Sorting through vacation photos is another beast entirely.
You might have a bunch of photos of buildings you saw, fountains, lakes, and beaches. I hate to break it to you, but there
are already tons of photos of that exact landmark, and many
of them are way better than yours. If you really want a photo
to remember how beautiful Lake Tahoe was, find one on Google taken by a professional landscape photographer and look
at that when you feel like reminiscing. You don’t need your
own photo collection to prove you were there. Instead, keep
the photos of people. The selfie you and your partner took in
front of the beach or with the crazy cab driver photobombing
you will likely ellicit much fonder memories than a photo of
the place itself. The people are what make a photo rare or
special, not the place.
Banish Unwanted Emails
There are easy ways to bulk-delete email, so have no fear!
You’re likely subscribed to a ton of mailing lists you no longer
care about. On your iPhone, you can go to your inbox in the
Mail app and tap the Unsubscribe option at the top of a message from a mass mailing list.
Email is another one of those places where we tend to organize subfolders into subfolders, often called labels. I used to
have a label called “Shopping” where I kept all my automated
promotion emails from various stores (There are so many embarrassing aspects of that sentence, but this was years ago).
If you’re in that boat now, delete the label and delete everything inside it.
Avoid Downloading Too Many Apps
Download an app that you still haven’t opened? Uninstall
it. Find that you only waste time using a certain app and it
doesn’t bring anything constructive to your life? Uninstall it.
You already have another app that has the same function? You
don’t need more than one.
I like to have only two screens of apps on my phone. On the
Home screen I have the apps I use on a daily basis, like the
Mail app, Spotify, Messages, and Google Keep. Swipe to the
second screen and you’ll find my photo gallery, some social
media apps, and a language learning app. I intentionally don’t
put any “distracting” apps (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) on my
Home screen, because I don’t want to find myself opening
them by default or because I saw a notification bubble.
All my other random apps aren’t used even close to daily, so
they don’t need to take up space on my Home screens. I can
still access them in the folders I’ve created for them when I
Delete Old Text Messages
I dislike seeing texts that no longer serve me. Whenever I
get a text with a confirmation code or automated alert (such
as when resetting a password or opening a new account), I
promptly delete the text conversation when I’m done. If someone random texts me with the wrong number, I’ll delete it. I’ll
also delete group text conversations if it’s not a group of people
who talk to me regularly. Having fewer texts makes it easier to
find the conversations that actually matter to me, with people
and groups I plan on talking with again in the future.
Determine Which Social Media
Accounts You Want to Follow
If you have been using social media for a long time, you
probably have years’ worth of people you’ve followed on
Instagram, Facebook, You Tube, and all the rest. You likely
don’t care about a lot of the same things you cared about five
years ago, so why are you still following so many of those
It is okay to unfollow people who no longer interest you,
whether that’s hiding them from your Facebook newsfeed,
unfriending them altogether, or unsubscribing from You Tube
channels. If you feel badly about yourself when you look at a
certain account, do your self-esteem a major favor and unfollow it. Clear your Instagram feed from the boring photos you
quickly scroll through, so everything you see is better.
Enjoy Your Newfound Brain Space
Clearing out the digital clutter can give you a surprising
amount of peace. When you look back through the things you
have chosen to keep, you will find that you have only stored
joy and happiness. What wonderful things to hang on to! �
Brianna Eason writes about decluttering your space to declutter your mind. She
values health, fitness, and simple living. When she’s not writing, she works as a nanny
and a barista, and she loves spending time outside. Read about how minimalism
changed her life for the better at LessFeelsBetter.com.