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?
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.
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)
-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.
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.
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.