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How to Digitally DECLUTTER Before The New Year

Going into the new year means having the opportunity to reinvent yourself, leave bad habits behind, and open yourself up for new experiences in 2023.


When we usually talk about decluttering, the conversations are always about your living space in the general sense of organizing your wardrobe and furniture in your home and throwing away everything you don’t need anymore.


It is essential to keep your home space clutter-free for better well-being, but there's one aspect of our life that often gets overlooked when it comes to decluttering.

Everyone spends a lot of time online, so it's important to keep your "digital life" clutter-free as well. If you look at your computer desktop, bookmarks, or even the gallery on your phone right now, would you say they're all neatly organised and clutter-free, or does the huge amount of data overwhelm you?

If you're in the latter category, we've got some tips for how to de-clutter and organise your "digital life":


Unfollow creators you compare yourself to on social media

The comparison trap is incredibly prevalent in the online space and social media platforms actually profit off you comparing yourself to others. Go through who you're following on all platforms and unfollow profiles that don't spark joy.


Unsubscribe from email newsletters you don't read

There's nothing more overwhelming than keeping up with lots of notifications and being bombarded with information every time you open your email. You can also prevent missing important emails from getting lost in the sea of newsletters, so take some time to unsubscribe from lists that don't bring value into your life.


Unbookmark websites that you haven't visited in months

Do you bookmark everything and anything only to never visit those websites again? Don't worry, we do the same. But having a thousand bookmarks you never use only makes it harder for you to find the ones you *do* use, so go through all your bookmarks and get rid of the ones that have been unopened for a while - or ever since you saved them. Your internet browser can even start working faster after you've done it!


Remove apps you don't use

Is your phone storage taken up by apps you downloaded thinking you were going to use them but never do? Or apps you use once a year and keep around "just in case" you'll need them? Remove them from your phone and clear up space - both on your phone and in your mind.


Clean up your email inbox

Is your phone storage taken up by apps you downloaded thinking you were going to use them but never do? Or apps you use once a year and keep around "just in case" you'll need them? Remove them from your phone and clear up space - both on your phone and in your mind.


Clean up your phone gallery, contacts list, and notes app

Go down e-memory lane by sifting through your phone gallery, contacts list, and notes app to get rid of everything you don't need anymore. Think screenshots you took earlier this year and completely forgot about, contacts you haven't spoken to in years, and old grocery lists you'll never need again.


Go through your paid subscriptions

Have you ever gotten a receipt for an app, software or subscription you don't use anymore and promised yourself you'd cancel it, but never did? Now's your time to make a sort of list of expenses to track everything you're subscribed to and get rid of subscriptions that don't bring value into your life.


Go through your Google Drive, Dropbox, or whatever you use for cloud-storing files

When clearing out your old pictures and files, don't forget about everything you're hosting on a cloud. This also causes an increase in your carbon footprint, so it's good to keep as few things uploaded as possible.


Once you've done all of this, you'll be surprised at how cluttered you've kept your "digital life." We all have a bad habit of clinging onto online information - whether it's bookmarks, photos, videos, or everything in between, so it's good to do a little cleaning every once in a while.


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