Whether you are decluttering because minimalism is your new year’s goal or maybe you just simply need a good purge after the holiday gifts, everyone is getting rid of excess junk. Are you left wondering why you still feel stressed after decluttering what feels like every inch of your house? You have cleaned out all the closets in your home and even your fridge. What could you possibly be missing?
It’s the thing most people collect. It may even be right under your nose, literally.
Your digital clutter. Specifically, digital clutter on your cell phone.
There are several types of mobile clutter including excess text messages, apps, and photos. With selfies and the “pics or it didn’t happen mindset”, it is no wonder why photos take up the majority of data on our photos. It is really not a surprise that InfoTrends estimated there would be 1.2 trillion digital photos taken in 2017.
Which is why we are going to be focusing on decluttering all excess images today.
Have you seen this message before? I pay the .99 cents/month for the extra 50GB of iCloud storage every month. Still, my phone has not been able to do a backup in several weeks largely because I have accumulated so much STUFF in my photo library. Especially now that I use my phone for taking blog photos, it was due time for a deep clean.
If you are like me, clutter can be extremely overwhelming. Trust me, I get it. I have the hoarder mindset especially when it comes to photos. I like looking back on photos to reflect on how I was feeling at the time. But I also don’t like when I want to share a photo, and I can’t find it in the abyss of my photo library. (Spoiler alert: there is a happy medium.)
They say knowing you have a problem is the first step, right? But now how are we going to get rid of all those extra photos? I am going to share with you how I got rid of my digital clutter (over 2,000 photos in a couple days) in 6 easy steps.
6 Easy Steps for Eliminating Digital Clutter on Your Phone:
1. Take it slow
Realistically speaking, if you have several thousand photos on your phone you aren’t going to be able to declutter it all right away. Try going through your photo library a little at a time, you can set aside some time every night or even vow to delete “X” amount of photos by a certain date.
Do you really need that screenshot of that cute shirt from 7 months ago? It’s not even available for purchase anymore. Delete as you go. If you have to question if you should keep it or not, delete it.
2. Go by category
This goes along with the first step, breaking a large project down into smaller tasks can be super helpful. One way to break it down for yourself is to go by category.
For example, if you have an iPhone go to your “Albums” in your photos. What’s great about the iPhone is that it automatically organizes photos into albums. Already having it organized for you means you can easily go through albums individually.
3. Eliminate large files and extra copies
iPhone users should check for unnecessary live photos in “Albums”. Live photos are great, but they also take up more space than a regular photo. If you accidentally left the “live setting” on your camera, you could be losing lots of space in live photos alone.
Watch for extra “burst” photos and double copies of photos. If you find either of these pick the best (if there is a difference) and move on. You probably wouldn’t keep two exact prints of photos to yourself, so why keep two exact digital copies?
4. Take out the trash
Don’t forget your “Recently Deleted” album once you are finished. Deleting photos from here, you are removing them completely from your phone. Otherwise, all the files you remove stay on your phone for 30 days.
5. Store your photos
Once you have decluttered your images, import the ones that made the cut to Dropbox or iPhoto. If you don’t have a MacBook you can even just save them on your computer. After storing your photos you can remove them from your phone.
6. Be mindful
After completing all the previous steps, plan to be a lot more mindful of what photos you’re taking. While the previous steps are easy, eliminating clutter is time-consuming no matter what. The less you have to do it, the better. As I go I plan on deleting photos right away if I don’t like how they turned out.
I hope this helped you develop a plan for freeing up storage space on your phone, and you are able to start the new year off with a clearer mind. Do you have any tips on how you keep up with your mobile clutter? Share them with us in the comments below!
– The Galista