11 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life Right Now

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Spring cleaning season is officially in bloom.

A lot of people focus on ways to declutter your physical life and space, including ways to organize your desk, clean out your closet, and choose only items that “spark joy.”

However, although our physical lives (and spaces) get much-needed makeovers, our digital spaces – including our phones and laptops – go completely missed. But if you’re anything like me, an organized laptop and clutter-free phone would do wonders for my sanity. I mean, wonders.

So if you want to dive deep into your digital life and execute a thorough declutter, look no farther. Here are 11 ways to declutter your digital life right now.

{ONE} Apps

Chances are you aren’t using half of the apps on your phone, let alone all of them. Take a moment to go through and delete the ones you haven’t used. You can even go into your phone settings and see how much space each app takes if you’re not sure which ones to remove!

{TWO} Photos

Selfies and screenshots galore! I was shocked how many photos were actually hiding on my phone, let alone laptop. It takes a bit of time, but deleting unwanted photos is worthwhile, trust me. Make sure to go into your “Recently Deleted” folder on your phone and delete them there, too!

{THREE} Notes

Ever write a grocery list in a note on your phone? Chances are, you don’t need it anymore. Go through your phone notes and delete the ones that are unnecessary.

{FOUR} Podcasts

This is a newer discovery for me. I didn’t realize the podcast episodes I listen to automatically go into the iCloud. There were dozens of podcast episodes taking up precious storage that I didn’t need to keep. Removing the episodes doesn’t unsubscribe you from the podcast so no need to fear!

{FIVE} Notifications

This is a mental decluttering hack, as well as, a productivity tip: Turn off the “non-essential” notifications on your phone. It’s insane how we constantly get bombarded with notifications: news, social media, emails…just to name a few. I turned off the “non-essential” notifications and it truly makes all the difference.

{SIX} Social media accounts

How many “friends” are actually your friends in real life on social media? Take a moment to purge your social media accounts. A few ways to do this: unfollow accounts that bring you down (whether mentally or emotionally), unfriend people you no longer communicate with, and/or completely delete social media apps you no longer use.

{SEVEN} Emails

I’m not sure about you, but my email inbox can quickly spiral out of control. A few ways to minimize the clutter and regain your sanity: unsubscribe from unwanted senders (promotions, brands, email lists), create folders to organize the important stuff, and delete everything you do not need. This sounds simple but for some reason, it’s a difficult habit to enable at first. It’s worth it, though!

{EIGHT} Files

This is, by far, the most tedious one on this list. I promise it’s worth it, though. Go through your files, open all the folders, and evaluate if you truly still need them all. Maybe there are multiple versions of the same document or a random excel file that is no longer useful. Go through and assess the situation. Once you have eliminated the unnecessary files, create new folders to take your organization to the next level (and then go reward yourself with cake or something, because this is no easy feat).

{NINE} Trash

Empty your trash! It’s as easy as that. You have no idea how many useless files are in there clogging up precious space. Empty it and don’t look back.

{TEN} Downloads

Similar to your trash, I bet there are tons of pointless files hiding your Downloads folder. If you’re like me, there might be 4…5…even 6 copies of the same file hiding in there! Delete them. Odds are they’re outdated by now and/or you got your use out of them.

{ELEVEN} Desktop

How many files are on your desktop? I bet there are a bunch and just the thought of that makes me panic. I like to keep my desktop clutter-free so take a moment to put files into folders, delete completely, and/or reevaluate if you truly need to keep an excel doc from 3 years ago.

 

Happy decluttering! You got this!

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A Little Organization Inspiration

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Photo credit: The Neat Method Instagram

Ah, spring.

The season for flowers, warm weather, sunshine, cherry blossoms, and….

Spring cleaning!

To be honest, I have been in a spring cleaning mood lately. I just want to declutter everything! I’ve always been a sucker for anything that can make it look like I have my life together (planners, baskets, folders, containers). This season, I’ve definitely been bit by the decluttering bug!

I was listening to a podcast (@The.Target.Girl) this weekend where the host interviewed someone from the Neat Method. I hadn’t heard of the company before so I quickly found them on Instagram and oh. my. goodness.

It’s organization HEAVEN.

All the boxes, baskets, labels, and colors. Doesn’t it all make you want to organize everything?!

It makes me happy when everything is in its place. Not to mention, it makes a room instantly aesthetically pleasing and welcoming. The photo above alone makes me want to clean out my desk and rearrange my bookshelves (again).

If you’re in need of some instant organization inspiration, here are a few other Instagram accounts you’re sure to love!

You can also check out my organization board on Pinterest here.

Happy organizing!

2019: Goals Update for Q1

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April.

As slow as the winter was, it’s difficult to comprehend that we’re already in April. Q1 is over! A blessing and a curse.

At the beginning of this week, I was in sunny Florida (pictured above). Back home it’s cold and rainy. At least summer is coming!

Now that we’re officially in Q2, I want to reflect on how Q1 went in terms of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2019. I shared my goals and declared 2019 the year to focus, learn, and love. You can read all about my goals and the reason why I chose those words for 2019 here. 

It’s important to frequently remind yourself of your goals and aspirations. It keeps you motivated so your new year’s resolutions don’t become distant memories with no future of moving forward.

Here is how 2019 is going so far.

FOCUS

At the beginning of the year, I wanted to spend less time on social media and more time writing, focusing on my relationships, and developing personal habits. Although I can’t completely quit social media (it is my job, as you know), I definitely can say I’ve made active progress limiting my scrolling. I didn’t do anything drastic like deleting apps or turning off notifications, but I have started consciously recognizing when I’m tempted to scroll so I can spend my time doing something else.

I have begun to write more in my bullet journal and also made it a goal to blog at least one time a week (on Fridays) so I can hone my writing skills. I have, admittedly, been struggling with implementing daily habits in the morning, though. Although I do have a morning routine, it definitely could be more productive so that’ll be a focus for Q2.

LEARN

I resolved to listen to more podcasts and read more books. I started tracking my podcast consumption in my bullet journal (such a Type A thing, I know). I try to listen to at least one podcast a day, usually in the car on the way to work. At the end of March, I also had finished 12 out of the 35 books I’m aiming for this year, so I feel good about that! You can check out my bookshelf here for updates. 

Bullet journaling is also something I’ve grown to love this year. Admittedly, I struggle with doing it daily but I have found a lot of use out of it and can’t wait to keep practicing in Q2 and beyond. Check out this post for a sneak peek of how bullet journaling is going.

LOVE

This year I’m doing the 1-second challenge again and I still love it. It’s a great way to capture everyday moments and I love going back and watching how the year is turning out so far.

I admit I haven’t sent as many handwritten cards as I’d like, but I hope to continue that this year! It’s such an easy yet thoughtful way to show someone you’re thinking about them. I sent a few of my friends cards for Galentine’s Day and used it as an excuse to show my appreciation for their influence in my life. I encourage you to do the same!

 

So far, April is off to a good start. I can’t wait to see what the rest of Q2 has in store!

Monthly Roundup: March Favorites

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My birthday month is almost over, but what a great month it was! The weather (slowly) got warmer and spring is definitely in the air. I got my nails done for my birthday and it made me so ready for shorts, flip flops, dresses, and all things spring fashion.

I’m also ending the month by heading to Florida for a few days with my mom and cousins. By the time you read this, I’ll be en route to the Sunshine State. I can’t wait to relax during the quick getaway before the craziness of April.

{ONE} Speaking at a Social Media Conference

This month I had the opportunity to speak at a social media conference. I wrote all about it in a recent blog post so you can read that for more information. The conference was a definite highlight of the month!

{TWO} Daylight Savings

It’s a bit weird that daylight savings is a monthly favorite, but I am loving the fact that we have more sunlight in the evenings. During the winter, I struggled with staying productive after work because it was just so cold and dark. Now I’m getting home when it’s still light outside and it makes the evenings so much better. It’s just another reminder that summer is coming.

{THREE} Rita’s Water Ice

Not gonna lie, a mango gelati from Rita’s Water Ice is one of my favorite summertime treats. There’s a Rita’s close to our house (a blessing and a curse) so Luke and I enjoyed our first Rita’s of the season one night this month on our porch. It made me so excited for summer and spending more time outside. I captured the photo above when I noticed our dog Thalia living her best life that night, too.

{FOUR} I Turned 26

I turned 26 this month and felt the love from friends and family. My mom and I had a girls day that included coffee, getting our nails done, lunch at Panera, and shopping. It’s turned into a tradition of sorts and I love that. Luke and I also went out to dinner and it was delicious. If you haven’t already read it, I wrote a post about 25 things I learned from Year 25. You can check it out here. 

{FIVE} Becoming Mrs. Lewis

I like to include at least one book in my monthly roundup because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to read at least 35 books this year. (Check out the progress here.) I read 4 books in March, which isn’t terrible considering how busy this month ended up being! One of them was Becoming Mrs. Lewis, a non-fiction about C.S. Lewis’ wife. I love the Chronicles of Narnia series and the rest of C.S. Lewis’ work, but I didn’t know anything about his wife until this book. It was dry at times, but overall really interesting and definitely a recommended read if you are a C.S. Lewis fan.

The 25 in 25 List

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This week I turned 26 and as I turn another year older, I keep thinking about all the memories and lessons from Year 25. As I began to write them all down in my bullet journal, I decided to make a list (go figure), so here is my 25 in 25: Lessons and Memories from Year 25 (in no particular order).

  1. I got married. (Woo!!)
  2. We moved into our home.
  3. I started cooking regularly (thank goodness for the Instant Pot).
  4. I traveled out of the country for the first time.
  5. I became debt-free thanks to paying off all student loans.
  6. I established a morning routine.
  7. I fell in love with bullet journaling and the limitless possibilities of organization because of it.
  8. I started drinking at least 72 ounces of water a day. (Lemon water is the best.)
  9. I created a budget and learned more about finance.
  10. I learned to appreciate quiet time and time alone. (As an extrovert, this isn’t easy!)
  11. I ran my first {official} 5K.
  12. Put the phone down and pay attention to those around you.
  13. Read books, it’s fun to get lost in another world.
  14. Turn off the TV. There’s a whole life to live out there.
  15. A healthy life is way more than just exercising and eating right.
  16. Take time to reflect on the joys in life.
  17. Push your comfort zone.
  18. Take time to blog regularly, because it’s therapeutic and fun.
  19. Change is good (and normal) to continue growing as a person.
  20. Handwritten cards never go out of style.
  21. Pamper yourself once in a while.
  22. Be flexible with plans; they won’t always go as smoothly as you want them to.
  23. Stand as much as you can, because sitting isn’t good for you.
  24. Save your money and brew coffee at home (so buying coffee becomes a treat instead of a necessity).
  25. Laugh at yourself; it’s okay to not take yourself too seriously sometimes.

 

I can’t wait to see what Year 26 has in store!

Presenting at a Social Media Conference

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Last week I had the incredible opportunity to be part of a local social media conference as a speaker (!!!).

I was blown away and humbled for the chance. Speaking at a social media conference has been a goal of mine for a few years now, and to say that I did it thrills me. I’ve attended multiple social media conferences since college as I yearn to learn more and more about the ever-changing digital space. As an attendee, I always hoped that one day I’d be on the stage presenting to a group of people…and now I can say that I have!

Leading up to the conference, I was anxious, excited, and definitely felt a bit out of my comfort zone. I have presented in front of groups and college classes before, but never to a group of businessmen and women who took time out of their days to attend a conference. When I heard the conference was sold out, it definitely increased the anticipation as the conference slowly crept closer and closer.

The day, from beginning to end, was amazing. I had the privilege of meeting several other presenters and we were all excited to get the day started. Over 400 people attended the conference and they came with questions and open minds.

I don’t talk too much about my career on this blog, so you may not know that I work full-time in digital and social media marketing. I love talking about all things social, whether it’s discussing Instagram strategies to grow a business, learning more about the *dreaded* Facebook algorithm, or brainstorming ways to further strengthen a brand’s online community. Whatever it is, I want in on the conversation and I love when others are excited to talk about it, too.

If you’re wondering, I presented in two sessions. In the first session, I joined another presenter for “Ask Me Anything,” where people could ask us anything for an hour. My second session was all about paid social media opportunities for your business. Sounds fancy, but basically it was all about how to create awesome, thumb-stopping ads across social platforms.

Simply put: A brand wants you to stop scrolling when its ad appears on your newsfeed and there is a plethora of ways on how to make that happen. My presentation walked through some of those opportunities and concluded with an engaging Q+A.

To be honest, I could go on and on, but to sum it all up, I’m truly thankful for the experience. Now it’s time to officially check it off the 101 in 1,001 list!

Monthly Roundup: February Favorites

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I’m officially ready for spring. After a glimpse of sun and blue skies, I’m ready for a change. It’s odd when you get springlike weather in the middle of winter, but I’m not complaining!

Delaware weather is especially odd. One day it’s 60 degrees and sunny and three days later, it snows 5 inches. How bizarre

I discovered a lot of favorites in February and I’m excited to share them with you below.

{ONE} Tidying Up with Marie Kondo Netflix series

Have you joined the #SparkJoy club yet? As if I wasn’t already obsessed with cleaning and decluttering, the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo series came out on Netflix and I’m hooked. I refolded all of our clothes and threw things away I’ve been keeping for no apparent reason. It feels so good and has sparked tons of joy already 😉

{TWO} The Swans of Fifth Avenue

I’m making steady progress on my reading goal for the year! I feel inspired in the winter to read as much as I can because free time in spring and summer tend to be filled with outdoor activities. This book was especially fascinating because it’s based on a true story so I liked doing my own research as I read to learn more about the characters and overall plot.

{THREE} Stuff You Should Know Podcast

I’m on a podcast kick, as I’ve mentioned before, and am always looking for new podcasts to try. A Stuff You Should Know podcast episode titled, “How Central Park Works,” caught my eye because 1) I love Central Park, and 2) I don’t know the history of how it came to be. I loved it because it was both educational and entertaining to listening to.

{FOUR} Insanity

Insanity is back. I completed the nine-week HIIT-inspired workout challenge a year ago and it kicked my butt! This time around, Luke is doing it with me so although it’s challenging, I feel more motivated since I have a workout partner.

{FIVE} The Last Lecture

Another great book from February. This is another true story that tugs at the heart strings on every page. A professor is asked to give his “last lecture” and then finds out he has terminal cancer with only a few months to live. The book outlines his thoughts and lessons about life and it truly is an incredible story.

{SIX} Broccoli and Cheddar Soup Instant Pot recipe

I’ve been really into making soup lately. I blame it on the cold weather. I always crave warm, cozy meals for dinner. The other night I was craving Panera’s broccoli and cheddar soup so I decided to try making it at home! My mom gave me an Instant Pot recipe to try and it was delicious! I definitely will make it again.