My digital declutter

 A large part of my minimalist journey has been about removing digital clutter as well as physical clutter.


I spend my working days tethered to a computer so it’s not something I can avoid completely but I have made inroads into removing some of the distractions that impose on my leisure time.


In fact, a large part of the shift to minimalism was the amount of time I was wasting on Facebook and not only was it taking up my time, it was making me feel bad.


According to Facebook, everyone I know is wildly successful, happy, cool, and is constantly on an amazing holiday or having a fabulous adventure somewhere. But we all know this isn’t true.


Facebook is in essence a marketing tool for your life, through which you can cultivate an online brand and curate a life for yourself that from the outside can seem perfect.


Even though we know it’s not a reflection of real life, just a show-reel of the best bits, it can get you down. I felt like my life didn’t match up, that my job wasn’t good enough, that I didn’t get invited to the best parties, and that everyone else was somehow more satisfied with their life than I was.


I realise now what a nonsense that it and also that I don’t want to live in perfection and lies, where people communicate in ‘likes’ and trite comments.


I want to live in a world where I see the people I am genuinely friends with (whose number are just a fraction of the ‘friends’ I have on Facebook) and talk to them about their real lives, not their fake online lives.


I’ll admit I was too chicken to close my Facebook account down completely and instead asked Frank to change my password, which he has since forgotten. I haven’t looked at Facebook since July last year and I can’t honestly say I miss it.


The friends who send out invites via Facebook groups invite me by email or fill me in on the details, I don’t feel I have ever missed out.


Any pictures they take of our days out they email to me so I have the fun memories without the rigmarole of going online and scrolling through everyone else’s seemingly perfect lives.


I left Facebook and my social life didn’t collapse. Indeed the opposite.


Instead of spending mindless hours scrolling through Facebook I am cultivating a life that I really want to lead, not ‘Brand Michelle’. I am spending my time intentionally and with the people I care about most, the ones who like me in real life, not the ones who ‘like’ me online.


18 thoughts on “My digital declutter

  1. This post has came at just the right time for me! I am having a ‘down’ day, feeling that I am just not enough – and I think a large part of that is due to social media and comparing myself to others. Maybe a break from social media is just what I need. Thank you!

    Jen x

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  2. You make some great points! I really felt a lot better once I addressed similar things in my life. I deleted many social networking accounts that were just taking up some of my time each day and found that it felt very freeing. Keeping my laptop clutter-free is an ongoing project since I work from home and tend to accumulate things quickly, but it’s much less daunting if I keep up with it regularly.

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  3. Amen! I’m definitely spending more time reading blogs than scrolling through Facebook but as I use Facebook as part of my de-owning it’s a tricky balance. I’m just incredibly selective about who I follow. Ironically I came across the Minimalists Leeds meet up on Facebook and the topic is digital clutter! I can’t wait 🙂

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  4. I deleted my FB account earlier in the year, but after a few months I realised I missed the day to day minutia of my friends lives. I have kids aged 8 and 10, but many of my friends have younger kids and live in different places in the city so we don’t get to meet daily. Keeping a minimal friends list (57 at last count, but that includes a number of overseas relatives too, whose number 1 way of staying in touch is FB). Having been off it for a while has made me very mindful of how I use it and how much I use it. I would totally recommend a FB declutter or a complete removal of FB to anyone!

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  5. I struggle with the digital clutter as well. I’ve been working slowly and surely at reducing the amount of emails I keep, the amount of documents, music, videos, bookmarks and stuff. Facebook, I still have, and I keep up with a couple of my far away friends through it, but its far between “posts” I write, as it’s not a place I want to spend to much of my time. I cleaned up my friends and stuff quite a lot a good while back, and since I’ve always been careful with approving new friends, I’ve done good at keeping my Facebook friends list small. Even though your post reminds me it might be time to take another look 😉

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    1. Sounds like you have the right balance Anne. My FB account was out of control so I had to take the nuclear option! I really need to sort through my laptop as well but I haven’t had time – I think that’s going to be a massive job (and so I keep putting it off!) m


      1. Yeah, I’m working on my laptop as well. And will continue to work on it, I have a goal of where I want my mailboxes to be, and where I want my level of document keeps to be. I’m still far off, but chipping away at it. I’m sure there will be a post about it sometime in the future 😉

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