Yes, we like Marie Kondo as well.
After binge-watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix (go see it, it’s truly life-changing), something in my head has inspired me to not only declutter my personal things but also my digital lifestyle.
You may not notice, but as we use more and more gadgets and other digital services, you soon forget that hidden behind that fancy smartphone or that cool-looking computer is a mess that’s just waiting to be cleaned or organized.
Taking inspiration from the ‘KonMari’ method, here are some tips to ‘spark joy’ in your digital lifestyle:
Clean out your mail inbox – There’s a good chance that a big percentage of the emails in your inbox are from random newsletters and subscriptions. Start by deleting and unsubscribing from unnecessary emails. You can also create and sort emails into folders so they’ll be easily accessible. It’s a daunting task for sure, especially if you have thousands but sorting through this mess will give you a cleaner mailbox and free up space in your online storage.
Sort out your files – Sorting out your files on your computer would let you search them easily in the future. That’s why folders are there, you can drag and drop photos, documents, and other related files into folders so they will be organized. Like for clothes, delete files that are no longer necessary and move files that you seldom use in an archive for safekeeping.
Delete those apps/Uninstall software – Aside from occupying space on your smartphone and/or PC, start deleting apps and removing software that you no longer use. It will free up more space and there’s a good chance it will speed up your device.
Delete everything that’s inside your Downloads folder – The Downloads folder is usually random files get thrown into. Every once in a while, start by removing that files that have accumulated on that folder. See it as trash, when it gets too full, you need to empty them.
Run a virus scan and check your start-up programs – Also find time to do a virus scan on your computer. Anti-virus software is now less heavy on system resources so it won’t slow down your computer when you’re running it in the background. Also, have a look at startup items on your computer and disable the one that you don’t need. The lesser programs that start automatically, the faster your computer becomes.
Turn off notifications – We tend to always allow notifications by default on apps that we install on our smartphone. That sometimes will result in random notifications that clutter up your smartphone. Start by turning off notifications on apps where you don’t need them. If you have a smartwatch, turn off app notifications there too so you’ll be less likely to keep looking on your phone and your smartwatch.
Update or Restore – Sometimes, starting fresh is the best way to detox your digital lifestyle. Brough a new phone? Instead of restoring old photos and apps, why not set it up as a new one? Same goes for computers, restoring it will feel like you’ve brought a new PC.
Do Not Disturb is a wonderful tool – I’d usually wake up if I hear my smartphone getting notifications, which usually disrupts my sleep. However, after enabling Do Not Disturb there have been fewer distractions and I usually wake up in the morning feeling more refreshed.
I’m sure there are other things that you can do to ‘spark joy’ in your digital lifestyle in a way that Marie Kondo will be proud. Be sure to share yours in the comments below!
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is now streaming on Netflix.