Declutter your Apps

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing – Dale Carnegie

The idea of having an uncluttered, simple life is something that sounds appealing to many people. With 2.2million apps available to Android and 2million apps on the Apple App Store it is easy to get yourself in a situation where you have more apps than you know what to do with. This writer has over 470 apps installed currently.

In researching some articles to write about, a good friend gave me the idea of doing a post that mimics the Wardrobe hanger experiment. While this isn’t an exclusive idea it could be a starting point to declutter your mind and more importantly your mobile device storage.


The idea of the hanger experiment goes something like this; to identify wardrobe pieces to throw out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the wardrobe with the hanger facing the right way. After a period of time, say six months, you will have a clear idea of which clothes you can easily get rid of. This could easily be applied to the number of apps you have installed on your device(s).

Now, dear reader, I am by no means suggesting that you only purge apps every six months, no but rather every month or so. You will no doubt have apps that you use every day (probably more than once) and apps that you have used once, or were addicted to for a while (Pokémon Go, we’re looking at you). Now might be a good time to look at what you want to keep and what you don’t really need anymore.fullsizerender Let’s take some inspiration from the hanger experiment above – organize your apps into a folder. You can name it something like declutter, spring clean etc. Now, anytime you use one of the apps in the folder – move it; any app that remains in the folder after a month gets deleted. Be strict, be ruthless. I recently deleted over half the apps on my own phone and my storage thanked me. I have 128Gb iPhone but I’m sure most of you will have a 16Gb or 32Gb device that will be close to being full or full already. We will cover how to free up space with photos in a further post.

Have a go and let us know what you think. How many apps do you have installed currently? How many do you use on a daily basis? Let us know in the comments or via social media.

Thanks for reading.

One thought on “Declutter your Apps

  1. What a fantastic idea. This good friend of yours – must be a tall, dark, handsome genius.

    I do wonder how many folk out there don’t know how much space or battery their apps take up.

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