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Declutter Your Apps in 5 Minutes

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Is your phone as cluttered as the rest of your life? Are you an app collector (hoarder)? How many do you really use or are they just unique and you thought you’d use it?

Declutter you phone for 5 minutes. Delete unused or rarely used apps of your phone. Re-arrange what’s left, with your most used apps front and center.

One step better. Delete those apps that are chronic time wasters for you. You know the ones. It will only hurt a little bit.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

12 Comments

  1. Seana Turner on June 17, 2019 at 9:17 am

    I did this a couple of months ago. I finally took a few minutes to sit down and put the apps I am actually using on my home screen. Funny how I put that off for so long, because it took me only a few minutes – exactly as you say! I know someone who intentionally deleted social media apps from her phone. She will check on her laptop, but didn’t want to see the alerts when she was out and about. She loves it… something to think about:)

    • Janet Schiesl on June 19, 2019 at 7:01 am

      It only take a few minutes to do this task and it’s so helpful. I have turned off the notifications for my social media apps. I can’t get rid of them just yet.

  2. Linda Samuels on June 17, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Your post is timely. Like Seana, I too recently deleted some apps. The ones I use the most are available on my home screen. However, watching your video, I think I have some more letting go and reorganizing to do. Thanks for the nudge.

  3. Hazel Thornton on June 17, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I’ve done this. But — oh, look! It needs to be done again!

    • Janet Schiesl on June 19, 2019 at 7:03 am

      I think you could do this ever few months or at least every 6 months. I tend to collect apps and then never use them.

  4. Sabrina Quairoli on June 17, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I love to try new apps. So, I have a lot of them. However, I only keep them if they are useful so I remove them right away. The issue is that they automatically get downloaded on my tablet as well – ugh. So, I have to delete them from there as well. It’s important to revisit this every 3-4 months to get rid of any unwanted apps. I limit myself to two swipes (pages) on my phone. When I fill them up, I start deleting.

    • Janet Schiesl on June 19, 2019 at 7:05 am

      I create folders for similar apps. I have one for all the parking apps that I have used in my area. It simplifies my screen and makes it easier for me to find what I am looking for.

  5. Nancy Haworth on June 17, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Great idea! I did this a while ago, and it is probably time to remove more apps. It is amazing how quickly a phone can get filled up with unecessary apps.

    • Janet Schiesl on June 19, 2019 at 7:05 am

      Nancy, do you collect apps? I hear about a new one, so download it to try. Sometimes I do, but usually I don’t even try it.

  6. Kim on June 19, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Hi Janet,
    At first I thought I didn’t have any apps that I didn’t need but apparently I did. Sometimes I am afraid to delete an app thinking I could be making a mistake but I see that some of them will not allow you to delete. I hope that deleting these will help with my message I keep getting about my I Cloud being full. ugh!!
    I chuckled at your question “Is your phone as cluttered as the rest of your life”. haha. It is so true though. Email is certainly another area that really gets full and causes you to feel overwhelmed. It is really hard to get a handle on it.

  7. Janet Schiesl on June 19, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Kim, digital clutter (phone, tablet and computer) is just as challenging as physical clutter. You’ve got to keep it organized. Just a few minutes at a time can help you organize your digital life. I think I’ll do a facebook live video on this. Thanks for the idea!

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