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How To Practice Digital Minimalism

Like minimalism, digital minimalism is the practice of decluttering and simplifying our lives, but in an online space. With minimalism becoming more mainstream due to the likes of Marie Kondo, more people have been wanting to take a more simplistic approach to living.

With our lives being spent online more and more each day, it’s important to keep that space as simple and clutter free as possible. Making digital minimalism an important step for self-care.

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Tips For Digital Minimalism

The average American spends 24 hours a week online. Everything is digital. From socializing, to banking, to careers and more. Our lives have evolved to take place online.

There are two main forms of technology we use on a daily basis. Computers and phones. Which I will separate here into two parts. Let’s begin, shall we?



Your Computer

Emails: At one point my inbox had thousands of emails on it. So I took an evening and sat down and just deleted all of them. I overestimated how long it would take. I thought it would take me days. Oh, the agony! But it only took me about an hour or even less.

Along with deleting Emails, I unsubscribed to the email newsletters I didn’t need. You know the promotional emails companies send you every week to try to get you to buy something? I just scrolled to the bottom of each Email and hit ‘Unsubscribe’ which each Email legally has to have. So set some time aside and purge all your emails and part ways with the ones you no longer need.

 

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Files: Always keep up-to-date on organizing any files on your computer. As a blogger I’ve found a system that works for me, where I have a separate folder dedicated just for my blog, and inside several more folders to organize it even further.

It looks like this:

Blog (main folder)

Secondary folders:

-InTheFlux (my brand design, i.e; logo, banner, etc.)

-Old InTheFlux (my old brand design before I changed themes)

-Done (Photos I made on Canva)

-Photos (The stock photos I have used)

With this layout I can quickly sort through my files and find exactly what I’m looking for.

Pictures:

When wanting to hold onto memorable photos, store them either online or offsite to ensure that they are kept in safe keeping. If you want to store photos digitally, here are the best cloud storage services. If you want to store the photos offline, you could look into storing them on a hard drive, a CD, or a USB flash drive. My personal favorite being a hard drive since they’re more resilient compared to a CD or USB flash drive.



Your Phone

Social Media: Every once in awhile, clean out your followers list on every platform. Unfollow inactive accounts, accounts you don’t care for anymore, or accounts that don’t add value to your life. I’m a big believer of following people who- in the words of Marie Kondo– ‘spark joy’. Especially since there have been many studies done to indicate a link between poor mental health and social media.

 

Apps: For apps, routinely delete apps you don’t use anymore and turn off notifications whenever possible to maintain a clean look on your screen.

To organize my apps, (keep in mind I have an iPhone so different phones may vary), I like to sort them into folders and I have my most used apps on the first page and my least used apps on the second page.

In addition, I like keeping a few apps outside of any folders for easy access, like Google Maps and my favorite apps like Pinterest. And of course the bottom row which has Phone, Messages, Music, etc. You could also make a habit of changing your background regularly, which helps keep your phone feeling new and refreshed.

 

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So there you have it, some great ways to bring digital minimalism into your everyday life! How do you keep your online space simple and clutter free? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenny
    May 15, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Great post! I never let my laptop get too cluttered. I delete emails every day and organise all my files 🙂

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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      Payton
      May 15, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      That’s awesome! Great to keep on top of it, especially for bloggers. Thanks for reading!

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    Hannah
    May 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Good tips! I’m totally into digital organisation – it makes your mind feel so much less cluttered! I think it’s also good to practice specific time away from digital life to get a bit of a detox.

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      Payton
      May 15, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      That’s such a great point you added about digital detox. Very important! Thanks for stopping by. (:

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    Rachel Avery
    May 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    I really like this informative post – I’ll be trying to declutter my online life with the help of this

    • Reply
      Payton
      May 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you so much, Rachel!

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    Elen Mai
    May 20, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Ah this reminded me of how much I NEED to do a social media de-clutter! I always leave it for so long and now I’ve got about 10 thousand unread emails to work through.
    El xx

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      Payton
      May 21, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      Haha yes the emails can pile up so fast! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    Sophie Wentworth
    May 21, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Great post! I always keep my files and emails organised and have several folders for posts and photos etc but I was literally just having a conversation with someone on twitter about wanting to have a follower clear out! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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      Payton
      May 22, 2019 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you! And you sound like you have a nice and organized set up! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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    Nancy
    May 27, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    It is interesting that you talked about digital minimalism. I like your folder structure. I try to do the same so I am not scrolling 1298437198 times to look for something. YESSS on cleaning out apps! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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      Payton
      May 28, 2019 at 12:45 pm

      Yes it saves so much time, doesn’t it! Lol thanks for reading. 🙂

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    Palm Trees and Loyalties
    May 30, 2019 at 8:00 am

    This is great. We tend to forget about all those other messes aside from the ones we can visually see. I’m going to declutter now. Thanks for the tips!

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      Payton
      May 30, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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    Kim
    July 1, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Great ideas. My phone is relatively organised but, my laptop, not so much. I need to go through it, get rid of some of the clutter and organise everything better. Funnily the only things well organised on my laptop are my photos! I’m great with emails at work but my personal mailbox is full of over 2000 at the moment. I know I need to go through them.

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      Payton
      July 1, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      Once you get through all the emails it’ll feel so nice to have a fresh inbox! It’ll feel brand new lol. Thank you for reading!

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    Nina | Lemons and Luggage
    July 4, 2019 at 4:15 am

    I really like these tips, thanks a lot! I definitely need to unsubscribe from a bunch of newsletters, but deleting them always seems easier. And you are so right, there’s no point in following inactive accounts. The thing is that it takes so much time to go through the whole list of accounts I follow…

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      Payton
      July 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

      It’s definitely a tedious task. Thanks so much for reading. 🙂

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