blogtober, Minimalism, organization

15 Things You Can Do To Downsize Your Digital Space

I declutter a lot of spaces in my home, but one area I feel like we all tend to glance over is our digital space. Although it is not visibly taking up space, it is taking up memory storage & in our mind. So, I say we should all spend some time cleaning out our digital footprints for our storage & our sanity. Here are 15 Things You Can Do To Downsize Your Digital Space.

  1. Social Media Detoxes: Our lives are very heavily documented online in this day & age. We are constantly scrolling through our feeds, glancing at photo after photo, comparing ourselves to the people we follow. It can become rather exhausting keeping up with the expectations placed on us from these so called picture perfect lives. For our wellbeing, we MUST step away from social media & take breaks to focus on our lives off the phone screen. I personally have learned to take multiple breaks from my phone & accounts to enjoy the real world. Whether it’s saving a few hours in the evening or even taking month long hiatuses from social media, you must take care of your mental health & put the phone down as often as you can.

2. People You Follow on Social Media: My rule of thumb is if a person I follow doesn’t resonate with me or provide positivity, I don’t follow them. On my personal accounts especially, I don’t care the number of people I’m “friends” with on social media because it’s not a true indication of my friends in real life. I try to keep my friends lists to people I really see on a day to day basis now or people I truly want to keep in touch with. I don’t need to be friends with every acquaintance I went to highschool, middle or even elementary school. I don’t like how in today’s society you can’t run from your past as easily as you did back in the day. I feel like if I kept my friends from these stages of life & don’t see them on a regular basis, it keeps me sedentary in that time frame. I’d much rather move on to the next chapters of my lives & grow without these reminders of my past holding me back. I don’t even keep yearbooks anymore for this very reason.

3. Social Media Pages: Have you ever gotten that notification for your Facebook memories? Boy, that can be a cringefest, let me tell you. I recently went through & deleted old statuses, photos, & comments that were just so damn embarrassing. This includes going through old tweets & Instagram posts or photos on your phone. Whatever isn’t a good representation of you at this very moment, clean it up.

4. Photos: I used to be the queen of having 1,000 photos on my camera roll. A huge group of selfies just staying on there because I had to have the perfect shot. It might seem like a daunting task at first, but let me tell you, it’s well worth it in the end. I spent a few hours deleting screen shots of restaurant menus, thumbnails I made for my blog posts, duplicates & pictures I didn’t like anymore. I’m actually pretty old school when it comes to my photos. I still love printing them out & putting them in albums. But the ones I do store digitally, I have a few folders on my laptop organized by year, season, or event. But on my phone’s camera roll, I try to limit the number to about 100.

5. Unsubscribe: Whether it’s hundreds of spam emails, store subscriptions or notifications, my email’s inbox used to be flooded with them. I used to think with spam emails, all you had to do was delete them & they’d go away. Nope! You have to unsubscribe from those too. Not getting notifications from Ulta or Nordstrom also helps me from spontaneously shopping. Yay for sticking with my low buy year!

6. Delete Apps You Don‘t Use: My phone holds literally one page of apps. I hate having pages & pages of apps I don’t use on a regular basis. Don’t get me started on folders either. If I don’t use an app, I delete it. They say some apps, if left unused for a long period of time can cause problems to your phone anyway.

7. Music You Don’t Like: I used to download so much music. I don’t even think about doing that now with Spotify & Youtube. But I still have music on my Apple Music account I seriously need to just delete. I never use it! And it wastes so much space.

8. Declutter Files, Bookmarks & Documents: I’ve been out of college for a while now & I still have assignments from like 2010. I found a paper I wrote my sophomore year of highschool! Go through your documents & delete ones you will never reference to again. Some articles I wrote for the newspapers I kept & my theses from college. But it felt really good to delete the rest.

9. Delete Your Trash Can: Please remember to clear out your digital trash can on your laptop & email inbox. It’s something I always forget.

10. Clean up your Desktop & Wallpaper: Don’t keep a ton of folders on your laptop screen. It just looks messy. Whenever I see a laptop like this it makes me feel stressed out just looking at it. Also, change your wallpaper to something calm & minimalistic. It creates a workspace that will provide you some clarity.

11. Reevaluate What You Post: Your social media platform is like a digital newspaper. You have to ask yourself would you want this plastered on the front page? Even I have to stop myself from overly sharing. Especially with the blogging community, where I find it to be a job, I’ve now limited myself to how often I post on Instagram or Tweet. You have to think quality over quantity. Something I learned for Facebook, is if I have something to share, I wait until I have a quality profile picture to go along with it. I don’t like changing my profile picture that often, so it teaches me to post once or twice a month instead of weekly or even daily.

12. Set A Time For Use: By limiting a block of time where you are allowed to scroll through your phone, is crucial. Most of my “work” on social media occurs during the day. So in the evening, I try to block out a few hours where I can spend time with my boyfriend in the evening, read a book, eat dinner, or have some self-care “me time” before bed. The light from your phone keeps you awake anyway, so it’s best to take a break from it a few hours before sleep.

13. Turn off Notifications on Your Phone: This changed the game for me. My phone used to *ding* constantly with notifications. By turning this function off, I’m able to be more present & productive in my daily routine. I’m not distracted by messages constantly. I can view these things on my own time.

14. Organize Your Files: Do this as you go. When you are finished with a task, file it properly in a labeled folder. This helps you find things later easier & it’s far less overwhelming. I don’t keep hundreds of folders either. I have a blog folder, a few folders of photos, academic documents & my resume.

15. Your Phone: I could do a seperate post on what I keep on my phone. But basically I keep the bare minimum. I don’t keep games on my phone or excess apps. I have a page with Facebook, Messenger, Instagram & PicStitch (photo editing app). I don’t keep Twitter on my phone, I only check that on my laptop. And other apps I’ll add to my phone as I need them, but quickly delete once I’m done.

Collaberations, organization

Guest Post: 5 Essential Oils to Use When Decluttering a Space

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Thank you, Simply Alex for guest posting on my blog today. I truly appreciate it as I am taking a hiatus from original content this month. I hope you all enjoy this post!

I love decluttering – I know that’s not likely what everyone thinks when they see the word decluttering. But honestly, I love it! Now my other half, he can’t stand to declutter and is the exact opposite of Marie Kondo as everything bring joys to him. The pandemic and lockdowns have really provided space and time to really dive deep into decluttering my space. Most recently I tackled decluttering my work from home office space. I want to keep this routine going now that things are starting to open back up!

If you’ve read any of my blog, you know I’m a huge essential oils fan. Essential oils really provide me much needed aromatherapy. Over the past year I’ve found a couple oils that really help with decluttering as they help provide motivation and cleansing vibes. With any essential oils I encourage you to do your research and to learn about how to safely use them before beginning. I spent quite a bit of time learning before I was able to use oils safely. So which oils would I recommend as you get ready for a day, weekend, or couple of days of decluttering! Read below for my thoughts. 

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I love lemons, the fruit and anything lemon scented! Lemon essential oils is one of the best oils for decluttering – in my opinion – as it has a clean scent. Smelling lemons just instantly makes me envision clean and tidy spaces and surfaces. It helps to improve your mood, evoke positive thoughts as well as promote a sense of clean. I would recommend when you’re getting ready to declutter a space, place your diffuser in the room and add 4 drops of lemon. Let it run for 5-10 minutes before you go it. Then once you enter, you’ll have that wonderful smell to help promote you cleaning the space!


Another favourite – I love the smell of peppermint and having this in my peppermint tea is one of my favourites! Peppermint helps wake up your mind, increase alternes and promote motivation! This oil is one of my get stuff done oils that I diffuse when I need that motivational push! Peppermint is also very stimulating which helps keep you engaged in your activity, decluttering can take quite a bit of time, so this is a good oil for the long haul! Use a couple drops mixed with carrier oil to massage onto your chest to breathe in as you clean, using safe methods to topically apply the oil. You can also diffuse a couple drops as you declutter the space. This oil is great if you’re not in the decluttering mood but know you need to do it!


Rosemary is a lovely scent; I find it incredibly calming and grounding. Rosemary is good for helping promote cognitive alertness and increasing your memory. When you’re decluttering and reorganizing spaces it’s important to remember your new spaces for things. I like to use Rosemary when I’m decluttering emotional or sentimental things, rosemary helps me feel a sense of calm but also supports my emotional health. You can add a couple drops to a diffuser and even add some lemon to it as well if you like! 


Sandalwood is a very warm and woody smell with an earthy aroma to it. For me, I use sandalwood for emotional support when decluttering sentimental items. Sandalwood helps with calming anxious feelings and helps you by promoting mental focus. When going through memorabilia, gifts, or sentimental family items it can evoke a lot of strong emotions when decluttering. Sandalwood helps with calming those feelings as you make decisions about items. For me I love to diffuse it with a bit or nutmeg or bergamot. Just add 3 drops of sandalwood, and 1-2 drops of nutmeg or bergamot to your diffuser as needed. 

Bergamot Mint

Bergamot Mint is such a purifying scent. It’s also a favourite of mine as I apply a couple drops to some cotton balls/pads and keep them in drawers and cupboards to help keep them fresh as I go through to declutter! Bergamot Mint is a scent that I find very relaxing and light, I enjoyed it when I’m cleaning and wanting something to help lift me up and get excited! You can diffuse bergamot mint with lavender or with sage – just add a couple drops of each to your diffuser as you like! 

There you have it 5 different scents that you can use when decluttering your next space! Best of luck with your decluttering.

Hello! I’m Alex from Simply Alex Jean, I’m a lifestyle blogger based out of Ontario Canada. Thanks to Brittany, Mind Beauty Simplicity for having me onto her blog to write a Guest Post! Simply Alex Jean Lifestyle blog focuses on Organization, Health & Wellness and Lifestyle, as well as has Pinterest Management Services available. Check Out my blog at