31 Days of Finding Freedom in Simplicity - Digital Clutter

This post is written in collaboration with U.S. Cellular.  All opinions are my own.

I would be remiss if I didn’t talk a bit about digital clutter during this series.  With cell phones being such a big part of the everyday now, it can be a bit overwhelming to deal with all the apps on your iPhone 8.

According to App Annie, in 2016 people spent one trillion hours on apps worldwide.

Let that sink in just a bit.  One trillion hours.  Wow. 

Entertainment categories seem to be the most used.  There is always another show to watch, book to read, game to play, or song to listen to.  I know that I tend to take a ton of videos and pictures on my phone, and often get that lovely warning of no more storage available.

It is smart to periodically get rid of unused apps because they can slow down your device.

Taking the time to de-clutter your apps is a good practice to get into.  When you turn on your phone and there is no rhyme or reason to the order of apps, and the amount of apps you have but do not use, it can become more of a hassle to use the phone, or you may get stressed out because you can’t access something quickly.

U.S. Cellular Tips to de-clutter your Smartphone

Free up some space – It is obviously frustrating to receive that “no more available storage” warning when you are trying to take another photo.  Determine which apps are using the most space by checking the storage on your phone.  You can delete the apps that are not used or redundant.  Sometimes apps will store extra info than necessary, and simply deleting the app and then re-installing it can free up space.  Also, don’t forget to check your text messages, that can use up storage fast!

Use an app to de-clutter – You can use an app like Magic Phone Cleaner or DiskUsage to determine which apps to delete.  It may sound odd to download an app to get rid of apps, but once the app does its job, it is easy to delete it until you want to do a storage check on your device again.

Delete redundant apps – Often we will download multiple apps that do the same task.  An example is having Evernote, OneNote, and SimpleNote.  All do the same task, but you have three different apps!  Choose one, delete the others, move on.

Deleting apps is not permanent – If you find that you are really missing an app that you have previously deleted, you are easily able to re-download it.  Just go to your previously purchased apps and re-download it.

We can always do with less digital clutter.  iPhones and tablets are supposed to create efficiency in your life, not take away from that efficiency.  

Now I am off to put the 1200+ videos and pictures on my phone onto an external hard drive.  Wish me luck!

Do you ever get the dreaded “no more available storage” warning?

Between Nov. 10-17, 2016, a total of 701 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX.


  1. I am constantly having storage issues on my phone. I do go through my apps and get rid of them every so often if I don't use them. Thanks for the important reminder.

  2. This is such wonderful advise! I tried to remember to clean up my phone at least every couple months. Although, truth be told, I probably should be cleaning it up at the end of every week!

  3. This is a great idea, I end up with so much junk and apps on my phone, or my kids like taking 900 pictures of things Lol.

  4. Omg great tips and such a good post idea! Digital clutter is something I've been working on recently and it is helping me so much!

  5. I rarely delete an app so my phone does get very cluttered. Not being able to take a picture is the worst so I need to free up space soon.

  6. Oh gosh I am the queen of deleting apps. I try very hard to keep the bare minimum on my phone. I have a computer for a reason and it needs to be where I do my surfing. Now I definitely need to work on my picture clean up!

  7. OMG. I have been searching for a digital declutter because I've been in such a funk. This is perfect!

  8. I did get a no more room notification this Summer. . .right as I was about to take a photo of the mules being led down into the Grand Canyon. D'oh! I agree it's a good practice to declutter even our digital devices. I think we forget about it sometimes!

  9. That magic cleaner app sounds like something I need! Thanks for sharing this. I found it super informative.

  10. I love this. It's something that I should really do, to be honest. It's good to free up some space even if it's all digital.

  11. Digital clutter is one of the worst parts of clutter! Since it's not physical it's often forgotten.

  12. I try to keep my phone organized as much as possible. I know I have apps on their I rarely use so this is a good reminder to remove the ones that are taking up space.

  13. I absolutely need to do this as my phone is a MESS and a few minutes organizing it would probably save me so much time trying to find apps. Great tips, and a great reminder for me to get my act together.

    Thrifting Diva

  14. I definitely go through my apps periodically. My phone offers to clear things off that haven't been used in X amount of days which is helpful.

  15. I recently deleted over 300 pictures of work stuff that I didn't need anymore. I am terrible at keeping out my phone but the message that I was running out of space pushed me to do it!


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