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Tools for Digital Decluttering

I wrote a blog post on the importance of taking a Digital Detox. In that article, I highlighted how beneficial intentionally pulling away from our apps can be. Here were a few of those benefits listed:

· A chance to develop a more conscious approach to technology.

· Less comparison.

· Better mental health - shown to decrease anxiety and depression.

· Improved brain function.

· More restful sleep.

· Better posture.

· Better hormonal and cellular health.

· Better work/life balance.

· More time to spend with God in prayer and Bible reading.

Intentional digital detox is a great way to hit the RESET button on our attention and to ensure we are continuing to use the apps and not letting it “use us”. As we embark on the last month of this 2021 year, I am using the month of December to do just that!

In preparation for it, I’ve spent the last week doing a DEEP DEEP DIVE INTO DIGITAL DECLUTTER. Much like a room that gets overwhelming with too many items, my phone, social media platforms & emails have too much going on. In an effort to use my phone more mindfully, I wanted to do some digital housekeeping. Here are a couple of software apps and hacks that I found helpful:

Tools for Digital Detoxing

  • If you were spammed by a company a gazillion times during Black Friday, it might be time to unsubscribe.

  • If you are the person with 2,379 red email notifications on your home screen, you might need to unsubscribe.

  • If you are no longer using that service that you signed up for back in 1932, it might be time to unsubscribe from that mailing list.

However, sitting down to do it one by one sounds like a dreadful and tedious chore. “Ain’t nobody got time for that”. That’s why I adore . It allows you to unsubscribe with one click. Unroll.Me will show you a list of all of your subscription emails, so you can instantly unsubscribe from what you don't want.

It took me less than 10 minutes to unsubscribe from several mailing lists. My inbox now feels clean, clear, and under control!

CC Subscriptions/Apple Subscriptions

I do this at least once a year. Print out a copy of your CC statements to see if you are paying for apps, subscriptions, or services that you are no longer using. Those pesky $9.99 charges that barely make a dent yet add up! Or, be sure to check on upcoming subscription renewals to ensure you don’t get a shock of your life for that annual subscription charge that you no longer need. There is no reason to keep giving people “free” money in a pandemic. Save your coins!

Instagram Least Interacted With Accounts

I don’t know about you, but I have followed a lot of random accounts over the years. Throughout my digital decluttering, I decided to go through the accounts I follow on both of my IG pages.

Boy oh boy, it took me about 1 hour for each, and I was shocked at how many “dead accounts” I was following;

  • People who started a new social media account but had since abandoned it.

  • Accounts that I followed out of interest at one point, but no longer found useful.

  • Strangers that I followed back simply because they followed me.

  • News platforms that only left me feeling triggered and pessimistic about life.

  • Gossip sites that shared with me way more than I am paid to know.

All these accounts had-got-ta-go.

Thankfully, Instagram has a pre-filtered setting when you click on "following" that will show you the accounts you interact with the least. Once you delete a few, it will keep filtering through and show you more of those accounts accordingly.

This saved me so much time. On one of my pages, I went from 600+ accounts I was following down to 190 accounts I WANT TO and BENEFIT from following.

Sadly, because IG’s algorithm no longer shows you people's content just because you follow them (they do it based on your engagement and show you more of those account) I was missing seeing a lot of beautiful posts and information because of the other fluff. This one is worth taking the time to do and it "lightened up" my IG experience!

I just wish I had a solution for FB now! *eyeroll*

Photo Gallery Declutter

Ok! So, as a photographer and an iPhone lover, I have a LOT of photos on my phone. I mean at least 10,000+ if I’m honest. This has been the accumulation over time and a lack of interest to sit down a delete every failed selfie, screenshot, duplicated image, and downloaded-more-than-once photo. Trying to do it was beyond time-consuming and my solution is usually just to dump everything onto a hard drive as a way to clear my phone gallery again.

The game-changer was using this app called Gemini Photos: Gallery Cleaner. It finds all of the similar photos and duplicates in your photos and makes it easy to delete repeats.

Gemini Photos is an iOS app that quickly cleans up the photo mess in your iPhone or iPad. Install it to easily find and remove similar photos, screenshots. It compares your pics in the privacy of your iPhone — no uploads, no cloud, no leaks. The algorithm scans through your photos, but you're the only one who sees them. (Read more here:

Those are a few of my favorite ways to digitally declutter. I'm curious, have you found any apps or way that have been useful to minimizing your digital footprint?

Until next time,

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