Saturday, July 9, 2016

Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 10

KonMari challenge week 10: digital clutter
Week 10 of the KonMari challenge involved all kinds of digital clutter:  computer programs, hardware/software, email accounts, email subscriptions, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Internet Bookmarks, files, pictures (I moved this one to sentimental!), and miscellaneous digital clutter.

Originally I thought this week might have been a bit easier than others but I was quickly reminded - we will never be fully void of digital clutter.  It's something that we need to get control over and be able to maintain.  How do we do this?  Here are a few methods I found that can help us change our life by tidying up our digital clutter.

In case you are new here (welcome!), this challenge is based on Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing! Read it, take notes, take a deep breath, and then dive in!  We all deserve to live in a place that brings us joy!

This week's challenge: digital clutter.
KonMari challenge week 10: digital clutter
Everywhere we turn, we are surrounded by digital clutter.  Our phones, our tablets, our desk tops all contain thousands of thousands of pieces of information that we no longer use, need, or want.  Unlike physical clutter, digital clutter will never be eradicated.  Our best case scenario is to control our digital information.

One of the reasons clutter eats away at us is because we have to search for something just to find out whether it's even there - the fact that there is no need to search after discarding/tidying is an invaluable stress reliever! - Marie Kondo

For this week's challenge, I went category by category and looked for ideas/ways to help reduce the clutter.  I hope these help you too!

computer programs/hardware/software/apps
Over time, our computers and phones can end up storing many programs and apps that we never/rarely use.  Delete, delete, delete!  And, as a reminder, don't just delete the shortcut - make sure you delete the program as well!  Think of the memory space that you will clear for your computer and/or phone!

Don't neglect your desktop too!  Remove as many icons from your desktop as possible. You'll be amazed how much of a difference this can make!  A clear workspace could be the jump start you need for the creative juices to flow!

email accounts
Much like you empty your physical mailbox each day, try to empty your email In Box daily as well. {this is definitely a work in progress for me!}  A fabulous rule of thumb to follow:  if you can complete a request/job/chore in two minutes or less, complete it RIGHT AWAY!

email subscriptions
This was a tricky one for me.  A few years ago, I signed up for  Genius!  It allowed me to decide if I wanted to keep the subscription in my In Box, "roll it up" with other subscriptions into a daily email, or unsubscribe completely.  I was absolutely shocked at how many subscriptions I was actually signed up for.  Many companies have you saved to multiple lists so just because you unsubscribe from one doesn't mean you've unsubscribed from all. #dangit  For the last couple of years, I've been using with varying degrees of satisfaction.  I loved how easy it was to unsubscribe but I didn't love how easy it was to roll up the other emails.  I finally realized - either I enjoyed getting the emails or I didn't.  Either I unsubscribe or keep them in my In Box - no more rolling up.  So, far the last few months, I've been going through and decided exactly which subscriptions to keep.

Remember, don't just delete the email, you must unsubscribe!

Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/other social media
Not to sound harsh or mean but if reading someone's posts make you angry/irritated/self-conscious or you find yourself rolling your eyes, unfriend, unfollow, or hide their posts.  Simple as that!  By doing this you will free up your feeds to follow those accounts that bring you joy!  Again, this takes time but it's so worth it!

Internet Bookmarks
New category - same method.  Go through your bookmarks - if you use them, save them, if not, delete them.  Simple as that!

Have you looked through the files on your computer lately?!  I guarantee you will be shocked at how much you've saved that you can ultimately delete.  Once you get your files narrowed down to those that you truly need, determine a naming system so that all files can be quickly identified.  Storing them in appropriate folders helps as well.

Speaking of folders, delete any folders that are empty and rename any folders that are still listed as "New Folder."  Little changes end up being BIG changes!

Still not convinced you can delete any files?  Archive them and free up space in your most used Documents folder.

Going forward - be intentional with what and how you save files.

pictures (I moved this one to sentimental!)
I skipped this one due to time.  I believe this one is so hard to manage because we are now able to take unlimited photos.  Gone are the days you took one picture and hoped for the best!  When going through pictures only keep those that bring you joy!  Blurred pictures - delete.  Someone has their eyes closed - delete.  You never, ever want anyone to see that swimsuit picture - delete, delete, delete!  Just because your computer has the storage space doesn't mean that you have to fill it!

As you continue to explore the reasons behind your ideal lifestyle, you will come to a simple realization.  The whole point in both discarding and keeping things is to be happy.
- Marie Kondo

I've learned with the KonMari method that it's more of a lifestyle change.  It's about being intentional and making changes on how you treat your stuff.  Going forward, don't let your stuff control you.  Handle it and enJOY your new found freedom from stuff!

Thank you for stopping by and checking in to see how the progress is going!  If you are working on de-cluttering and organizing - stay strong!  We can do this!  It really is worth it!

The next two weeks are craft/hobby!  Holy heck!  This is probably one of the hardest ones for me (in addition to paper!).  I LOVE to craft and have a little bit of everything. Sadly, I've never created a designated space for my projects so these next two weeks I'll share some embarrassing befores and hopefully some wow afters!  And, in case you've missed any of my journey, you can find the previous weeks' links here:

week 2 - clothes
week 3 - clothes, cond't
week 4 - children's clothes
week 5 - books
week 6 - paper
week 7 - paper, cond't
week 8 - office supplies
week 9 - electronics & music

I also recapped my first few weeks on the KonMari journey here.
While I'm Waiting...take control of your clutter

If you are still wondering if The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing book is right for you, I urge you to at least read it and give it a try.  I was at the point where I knew my current method wasn't working and thought I might as well give it a shot.  I've got a long way to go but I know it will be worth it!  Join the journey with me!

Gig 'em and God bless! 

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  1. Great tips.. This is one area I have to say I keep control on. Even when it comes to blogs, I only read, keep, share and keep the ones that truly bring me joy. Probably why I don't have a zillion followers on every social media account. But that is okay. You are still rocking this Holly.

    1. Thank you, Michelle! I love how intentional you are! Such a great quality that I'm definitely trying to work on. Digital stuff is an area that can quickly spiral out of control! I'm hoping to rein it in - even if I can only spend 30 minutes a day working on it. Thank you for always leaving such sweet comments. You have such a beautiful heart. You've really been on my mind lately!

  2. I'm always shocked by my downloads folder...I always forget sometimes just opening an attachment will leave a file on my computer. I am sure I could totally dump lots more pictures too but I used my road trip time in the car to make a bit of a dent in my picture files.

    1. It's crazy how quickly it can spiral out of control!!! I'm hoping to spend 30 minutes a day cleaning out. I just need to set my timer and focus!


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