So your phone’s storage is full, it’s running slow, and you want to know how to clean your phone to make it run faster. You have a classic case of Digital Hoarding. Fortunately, we can turn to the ultimate storage cleaner, Marie Kondo, for some tips.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d be hard-pressed to have missed the rise of Marie Kondo and her life-changing magic of tidying up.
Sure, she sold 11 million books before 2019, but it was her viral Netflix show that sparked a new level of fame for the Japanese tidying guru.
Her method of cleaning; KonMari, uses simple criteria for tidying: whenever you question if an item’s worth keeping, ask yourself, does it spark joy? If the answer is yes, keep and organise. If not, then it’s time to donate or toss the item out. Marie’s approach to tidying has primarily been applied to homes in need of a bit of TLC, but can be applied to just about everything.
So what if your untidiness extends to your beloved smartphone? If you’re known for hoarding apps, have an email inbox that’s been neglected of love since forever, or have 50 of the same photo, this one's for you
start with a savage deleting spree
When you’re wondering how to clean your phone, how to free up storage on your phone? You can start by deleting the numbers of people whose names do not ring a bell.
You know the ones that have a first name next to a one-word description like “John Teacher” (what exactly does he teach again?). While you’re at it, clear out any ancient WhatsApp chats and old SMS. I mean, not much good comes via SMS these days, apart from 2-step verifications and Uber Eats promo codes.
Next, move on to your email inbox. Unless you absolutely need that email, click MARK ALL AS READ and then delete. Boom, you’re well on your way to clearing space on your iPhone or Android.
On a more serious note, start creating folders to categorise your emails. Marie Kondo says tidy, so if you want to know how to organise your phone, give your emails categories to manage them better. Then, get into the habit of unsubscribing whenever emails arrive from people you don't care about (ouch)!