Declutter Your Life: The One Thing You’re Forgetting To Do

Declutter Your Life The One Thing You've Been Forgetting To Do- The Galista


Hey, guys!

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

2018 New Year’s Resolutions

2018 New Year's Resolutions- The Galista

It that time where we all find ourselves reflecting on our past year. Whether we are looking at our Instagram Top 9 or chatting with our friends, reflection at the end of the year is nearly unavoidable. After we reflect we are often asked what are the things we want to work on with ourselves for the upcoming year? How can we make the following even better?

Which brings me to New Year’s resolutions. You either love them or you hate them. I’m a firm believer that you can make changes in your life at any point in time. You don’t have to wait for a new day or a new year, but I also believe that creating annual goals cannot hurt. I like to do a little of it all.

Hopefully, by sharing my 2018 goals I will inspire you to create a few resolutions of your own. We can keep each other accountable.

Pour my passion into my blog

Starting my blog is hands down one of my best decisions of this past year. This is something I have always wanted to do, so with the new year, I want to continue doing more of it. I hope to improve by creating awesome content and growing my audience.

Adventure more

Whether it is taking little trips or exploring further away I want to welcome more adventure into my life with the new year. Little adventures like discovering new mom and pop businesses, and big adventures being anything that requires a few hour drive and a hotel stay. Going on vacation this month just reminded me I truly love experiencing new things. I want to see more in 2018.

After all, if I’m going to be living states away from family I want to be spending my free time traveling as often as possible.

Cultivate a new friendship

This is something that is really hard for me to do. I am an introvert and most of the time I have a hard time finding people who share a similar mindset as me. I already have some amazing people in my life, and I’d love to welcome another lifelong friendship into that mix.

I know there are so many awesome people I haven’t met, and I feel like by being so scared of putting myself out there I am losing out having another one of those people in my life.

Read more

Reading is something I love doing, but I struggle setting aside time to do so. I have finally started reading the Harry Potter series and plan to finish them by the end of next year. My husband bought me the Amazon Fire 7 for Christmas this year. We own the series, so I have no excuse for not succeeding in this goal.

I would also love to read some self-help books. Some titles I’d love to check out are “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero and “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson. If you guys have any book recommendations I would love to hear them.

Take more photographs

I have thousands of screenshots and photos of my dogs stored on my phone, but I’d love to take more photographs specifically of my husband and I. This is always something we have struggled with, but I want to have more photographs to help me remember our adventures each year. I know I will thank myself later.

Nap less

This is going to be a hard one for me. In order for me to come near accomplishing this, I am going to have to find a good multi-vitamin and develop a serious codependent relationship with coffee (in progress). I have been a nap connoisseur since I can remember. Napping less may just mean cutting down the length of my naps since I’ve read that the ideal nap is 20 minutes.

Step outside my comfort zone

This coming year I want to do something that scares me. I am not exactly sure what this means yet, but I want to put myself out of my comfort zone a little bit.

In 2016, it was moving out of my mom’s house hundreds of miles away from all my family, friends and everything I knew. This year my “step outside of my comfort zone” move was creating this blog. Putting myself out there and doing something I always wanted to do risking failure terrified me. It still does, but starting this journey I would say was the scariest part.



What are some of your new year’s resolutions for 2018? Do we share any similar new year’s goals?


-The Galista