When people talk organisation they usually think about their homes or work offices. You may be have different aspects of your life organised, but what about your phone? Can you say your phone is organised and clutter free?
We all use our phones A LOT. Whether we want them to or not, they have become an invaluable tool in our lives. They enable us to keep in contact with loved ones, manage our calendars, search the internet and much more. If our phones are cluttered and messy – it can lead to frustration. Just like an unorganised house would.
I have decided that as part of my monthly reset I will also include carrying out an audit on my iPhone, to ensure I am not carrying clutter around on my phone too!
There are so many ways you can declutter and organise your phone, here’s how:
1. Delete your unused apps
Apps can accumulate quickly and before you know it your phone has so many. If you have that many and are unsure about what your unused apps are, check your screen time. This list will show you what apps you used most and what apps are just using up storage space.
2. Empty your recently deleted folder
When you delete a picture or a video it doesn’t really get deleted until you remove it from your deleted folder. It all takes up space on your phone. Regularly delete these files to keep your phone clutter free.
3. Music playlists
Have you ever scrolled through your music list and realised how many songs on your list you don’t listen to? You should go through and delete these songs you don’t listen to or like. This will help free up storage on your phone but also stops you having to skip those particular songs – this is something that annoys me!
4. Cancel subscriptions
I have spoken about doing this task in my monthly reset and what to do at the start of each month. Cancelling all your email subscriptions and app subscriptions. Do not continue to pay for services you are not using. In addition, it can stop you from having continuous emails flood your inbox.
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5. Delete call logs
We never really need a log of all our calls but it is something we don’t necessarily think about deleting. Deleting call logs and unwanted messages can help clear the clutter on your phone. You then have more storage for photographs and productive apps.
6. Safari tabs
If you don’t have an iPhone it may just be your internet tabs. How many tabs do you currently have open? I used to have over 100! Over 100 tabs, just taking up space, cluttering my phone and draining my battery. This is something I am always working on.
7. Declutter your photographs
Photographs can build up, your camera roll can become overwhelmed with all the screenshots, photos but also, pictures sent across from WhatsApp. Once you have decluttered the camera roll, it is a good idea to organise your photos into folders. This will help you to find certain photos.
8. Change your phone background
Every so often it can be good to change your phone background. Give your phone a refresh. You could change it to an inspiring quote or even a goal you are working towards. Then every time you open your phone, you will see your goal and help you to practise visualisation. Or even a loved photograph of your family and friends that brings you happiness and motivation.
9. Organise your apps
How your apps are organised on your phone makes all the difference. There are a variety of ways to organise the apps including: colour coded, most used to the least used, using folders or the shelving method.
The shelving method is having a folder to the left and next to the folder is the 3 apps used most frequently. For example: you have a folder with all social media platforms in, so next to it you will place your top 3 social media apps. You continue that method throughout your phone.
You can choose the right method that works best for you and what you think looks aesthetically pleasing.
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10. Remove push notifications and badges
This may not be a tip that everyone wants to put into practice. Push notifications and badges can be hugely distracting which stops you from being productive. Those red badges are always sucking us into those apps due to the fear of missing out. Not only will removing them enable you to stay on task, but it makes your phone looks clean.
11. Your contacts list
This is something I actually have done on a regular basis and that is go through my contacts list. As phones and technology are more sophisticated now, we are able to transfer all information from one device to another at relative ease. This means your contacts list. How often have you gone through your contacts and deleted numbers?
Taking the time to go through your contacts list can be extremely therapeutic. I found this especially deleting toxic people from my phonebook. Take the time to ensure the people who are on your phone, are the people in your circle. Free up that space!
These are just some of the ways that you can declutter and organise your phone. So that your phone not only looks clean and organised but allows you to be the most productive.
How do you keep your phone organised? I’d love to hear in the comments.