7 Hacks To Declutter Your Online Life

We all have too much going on in our lives. Be it work, friends, family, side hustles, or sometimes just life, I know some of you’ll like it messy and love it, but deep down, you also know that being organised will save you a lot of time and trouble. In this article, I am not going to talk about cleaning your room or doing your laundry. I will be sharing some hacks to declutter your online life. Yes, you heard it right—online life.

We spend a lot of our time in front of screens, so it only makes sense to monitor them sometimes. Let’s see what you can do to keep your online self organised.

Just a reminder. It will not happen in hours or days. It might take a few days or weeks to do the below-mentioned things, but I promise you will be in a more peaceful online world once you do.

P.S.: You won’t have to leave the comfort of your couch to do any of this.

7 Hacks To Declutter Your Online Life

Hacks To Declutter Your Online Life


We all want to make our lives more manageable with the help of technology. But what happens when the same thing starts sending you promotional emails twice a day? You get irritated and start to ignore it. And in that mess, sometimes you end up missing much more important stuff too. So what you need to do is UNSUBSCRIBE. Unsubscribe from all those emails that are not adding value to your life. Unsubscribe from anything that you don’t require at the moment. You always have time to subscribe again.


Keep It On The Drive

Google Drive. The saviour of our data What should I say about this that hasn’t already been said before? Yes, keep all of your files, PowerPoints, documents, or any other document you want. You can create folders to categorise everything and even colour-code them. This way, you will not have to depend on your PC every time.
P.S.: Do NOT share your password with ANYONE.

Delete Google Photos

I know this looks like whatever, but this is important. A lot of us rely on Google Photos to keep our selfies and pictures safe. But you might also know that it takes a backup of your already installed gallery on your phone and will reserve all the screenshots you took of your chats to show your best friend, the memes you saved to share at the right time, or the quotes you saved to use as a caption for the next selfie you take. Clean it, and you will clear up a lot of space on your cloud.

Clean Your Phone

Your phone has many cache files, which might be slowing it down. Make it a weekly practise to delete those files to keep your phone running smoothly. Delete those promotional messages you get rid of as spam. Also, delete your transaction messages. You will already have the statement in your app; you don’t need two notes as a reminder. Go to your WhatsApp folder and delete all the stickers and GIFs you’ve sent and all the memes you’ve sent that you don’t need. It will reduce the load on your WhatsApp BackUp.
P.S.: Be careful while doing this. Don’t end up erasing essential files from the device.

Delete your Apps

Did you notice the number of apps you have installed on your phone? Almost 100 app icons. Some of those are preinstalled, so you cannot do anything about them, and then there are some that you installed yourself. Now think about it: how many have you ever used for more than a month? How many do you use daily, weekly, or monthly? I am sure the answer will be no for some of the apps. You can also go to your phone’s settings to see which apps you use less of, and whatever you don’t need, don’t uninstall it! Log out or delete your account and your data, and then uninstall your app.

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You might have 1,000 friends on your Facebook account or thousands of connections on your LinkedIn profile. But if those people are not lifting you up or motivating you to do better, it’s time to hit the unfriend, unfollow, or remove the connection button right away. No one has time for that kind of negativity in their lives.


Use Google!

Have you ever checked out the plethora of services Google offers? Besides the basics, Google Keep provides so much more that your head will start to spin. It covers everything. Right from business, to learning, to organising, to EVERYTHING! One such service is Google Docs and Google Sheets. You can access it anytime you want. You can edit it on the go and save it as and when you want.

Besides these, a few others like going to the market, calling that friend, replying to that annoying email from a co-worker (nicely), cooking that Chinese, and whatever you want, get it done.

Some small tasks, like folding your laundry, organising your closet, and ironing your clothes for the week, can be done quickly. Put on some loud music that you can headbang to and get in the groove. By the time Taylor Swift is on her fifth song, you will be done with your chores. Nothing will happen in a day. Get into practice and keep doing the same thing every day.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below if you like this post.

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Aditi Jain

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October 23, 2020 2:25 pm

Great ideas here. I never think to delete old stuff and I really should. Great tips on Google Docs too.

October 23, 2020 5:40 pm

The space on my. computer is ALWAYS full! I really needed this! Thank you!!!

Jessica Hannon
October 23, 2020 6:50 pm

Love this!
I need to seriously declutter my life and theses are so stellar ideas!

Jimmy Clare
October 23, 2020 6:56 pm

great tips thanks for sharing

m et md
October 23, 2020 7:35 pm

Unfollowing people who don’t bring me joy or motivation is amazing!

October 23, 2020 8:28 pm

Really great ideas! I really need to take some time to sit down and work on these because my stress levels definitely rise when I see the number of emails I have, when my storage is about to get full, and the number of pictures I have in my phone. Thank you for sharing these tips. I will definitely be referring back to them!

Tiffany McCullough - Metaphysicalmama
October 23, 2020 9:01 pm

Great advice! I definitely need to unsubscribe from some newsletters. My email is a disaster!

October 23, 2020 10:33 pm

Great list! I’m definitely going to use these tips to whittle down my phone and email usage, it’s just too much lately!

October 23, 2020 10:38 pm

Love all these suggestions to keep your digital life clean! Most of them I already apply, but sometimes you just need a little reminder to take some time to weed out my digital mess again. 🙂 Especially the unsubscribing tip is an important one for me! Thanks for sharing this. X

October 23, 2020 10:44 pm

Love the tips. I really need to declutter.

October 24, 2020 12:04 am

Getting an external hard drive was a game changer! Great tips.

Carrie Pankratz
October 24, 2020 1:36 am

This is such a problem for me. My digital clutter stresses me out! Thank you for the tips… I have some work to do now.

October 24, 2020 1:57 am

Great advice! I’m definitely going to unsubscribe and delete some old Google photos that are just taking up way too much space in my phone and online.

October 24, 2020 3:29 am

Great tips!!

Josie | The Cheetah Buzz
October 24, 2020 4:40 am

Man, I feel like you are in my head with these awesome tips. I’ve been meaning to declutter my online life too! I started with deleting apps I no longer use but I still have to go through and delete a lot of files and photos in my google drive. Lol and I love the Unfriend/Unfollow/Unsubscribe part. Trust me, I do not hesitate to do this now that I am older. If I see anything negative, they are definitely getting an unfollow and blocked lol! Nobody has time for that toxic energy haha xxx

October 24, 2020 11:05 am

valuable tips to keep our online life organized.
I love the unsubscribe tip.
anything is not helping us grow should go to trash.
we don’t have time for managing all of them.
thanks for sharing.

Jenny Pink
October 26, 2020 1:43 pm

I always love coming across productivity tips, thanks for these!

Jenn Summers
October 28, 2020 4:03 pm

Great post! I have to declutter my phone more often it can get so overwhelming for me. We had a fire here in town and had no phone or internet for over two weeks when it came back on I had 17171 email notifications! I was beyond stressed and missed some major important stuff. I since have unsubscribed from a lot of lists. It makes me feel bad but I’m hurting their list more than helping if I’m not opening them. Thank you for even more ideas, time to clean my phone haha

October 29, 2020 2:16 pm

These are very helpful tips that I can recommend anytime. Thanks for sharing.


October 30, 2020 9:09 pm

Awesome tips!! I definitely need to declutter my social media!! I just went through my emails to other day but other media need to be addressed!!

November 1, 2020 9:29 pm

Great tips. It’s equally important to keep your online presence decluttered as it is for our surroundings.

November 1, 2020 10:01 pm

Awesome post! I use unroll.me to unsubscribe my emails and it’s so fast and easy!

November 2, 2020 10:51 pm

Agree! I am very keen on keeping my online circle small. At this age, I only associate myself with those who contribute to my overall happiness and well-being! 🙂

November 3, 2020 7:03 am

Totally agree. I can’t delete things fast enough.

November 3, 2020 8:37 am

I secretly love getting rid of things. I will have to share this article with my boyfriend he’s a clutterbug.

Nathalia Basso
November 4, 2020 3:59 am

Great tips! I even use this principle in my personal life and with physical items.

Nathalia | NathaliaFit – Fitness & Wellness Blog

kerry swain
November 8, 2020 12:31 am

Some great advice here! It does feel hard to find the time to unclutter your online world but I like the idea of tackling each one of these steps little by little. Getting unused apps off of my phone is something I’m going to do today!

November 8, 2020 5:03 pm

I really need to unfollow some people. Thanks for the advice.

Nikita Gupta
November 8, 2020 5:35 pm

I really need to unsubsribe to some emails. Thanks for your suggestion

November 9, 2020 12:19 am

I really need to work myself through this list. Thanks for sharing!!

November 9, 2020 11:16 am

Love this! I find online clutter more difficult to manage than physical clutter. Thanks for the tips!

Mike Worley
November 12, 2020 10:06 pm

Great suggestions, Aditi. We all should be applying these techniques on a regular basis.

November 12, 2020 11:11 pm

Amazing!! Thanks a lot for sharing this. Will definitely help me to have less mental and physical clutter in my life!

Sandra Ans
November 14, 2020 10:37 pm

Great post with very useful tips! I am regularly cleaning my phone and computer and the more I do it, the more I like it. It just feels like throwing out your old socks… if you don’t wear them and don’t need them, then why to keep them?! 🙂

November 16, 2020 1:18 am

Good points

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February 21, 2021 6:27 pm

I always keep everything on the drive. Helps me organize better.

Aditya Jain
February 21, 2021 8:13 pm

I really need to declutter. Thanks for sharing this

Suresh Kumar
February 23, 2021 9:18 am

These are great suggestions. I keep my photos on the drive. Helps me track them easily.

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