Like many others, I keep loads of photos on my mobile. Thanks to the generous phone storage, I never need to declutter my mess and so used to allow my photo album to grow infinitely.
Until one day, my phone alerted me about hitting the repository’s maximum. I had no choice but to transfer all the photos to the external hard disk.
Ironic as it may seem, while I was looking through my pictures, I noticed that my device was full of random images like a screen capture in an app, a meal that I took to share with friends, or hundreds of photos of the 2nd products that I am selling online. And obviously, those images were all outdated.
Let’s go back to the primary question of why a photo is essential — It captures the moment and reminds us of the beautiful memory of our days. Yet, when I looked at the album on my device, it is more like a landfill with the one-off digital trash. My cherished memory hid in the ocean of data, and hardly could I access them easily.
Very few of my friends would spend time decluttering their device, as they believe, “We can always buy more memory from the iCloud or get a new phone with better storage capacity.” But the point being is, even the storage of your asset is generous, it does not mean that you should keep unnecessary digital trash in it.
Imagine you now living in a big house, every day, you pick up a random object from the street and bring it in. You said it is okay because you can always get a bigger house. But the fact is — those random items would only degrade your living standard, and you need to eventually spend extra effort to clear it up or get a bigger house for storage. It is a vicious cycle, and you would never want to look at those items in the future since it is random and does not have a purpose in your life.
What we should do instead
Recently I remove unnecessary data on my phone every week.
Each Sunday night, I look at all the photos that I added in the past week, then let go of anything that I don’t want to carry forward to my life. I hit the delete button without hesitation then keep my device light and clear. I want it to be the home sweet home for the memory I cherish after all.
I’d recommend you decluttering your device every week or month. You may want to break down the effort, so you don’t feel like it is a lot of work. The clear-up improves the speed of your phone performance and keeps the things that spark joy in your life.
We eliminate the waste from the top and avoid accumulating scrap in your messy memory storage. You will find using your device easier, smoother, and happier in general. Have a try, and let me know how it goes.