We get rid of the clutter in our closets, make up collections, art collections, kitchen cabinets and what not, but why do we hold on to the clutter in our camera rolls? Why do we have over 2,000 photos/videos in our camera rolls? Are all those photos/videos really necessary? How many of the 2,000+ photos in our camera roll actually bring us joy? How many of those photos will actually matter in two years or five years? Not many, huh? At least not all 2,000 of them.
Well, inspired by the Konmari Method, I decided to take one hour from my day to declutter my entire camera roll. I had over 2,000 photos/videos in my camera roll when I began to declutter. One hour later, after the whole decluttering process, I had 970 photos and 86 videos left. I feel like I can still get rid of more, but I will leave the rest for another decluttering session. Believe it or not, I’m already excited for my next, haha! I didn’t think decluttering my camera roll would make me feel this good, but it totally did. It’s unbelievable how one little action can do wonders for you and your mind!
So, I challenge you today to declutter you phone’s camera roll. Take ONE hour or more (if you have the time), go through your entire camera roll and declutter away!
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1. Find a location & get comfortable!
Whether it be your office, bed or dining table, find a comfy place in your house where you will be able to remain seated for the next hour or so.
2. Gather items.
- grab your phone (obviously)
- a charger in case your battery runs out
- your computer if you need to air drop photos
- a flash drive to save photos/videos
- a drink or a little snack to help you survive ha!
3. Set Up a Playlist.
Choose or create a playlist that will take you through the next hour. Music makes everything better.
4. Set a timer.
To help you stay on track, set a timer for yourself. If you have 2,000 photos or less, I recommend setting a timer for an hour. If you have over 2,000 photos, consider giving yourself more time.
5. Begin Decluttering!
Start at the very beginning of your camera roll – your first photo or video and make your way down a photo at a time or a group of photos at a time until your timer goes off.
Delete a photo/video IF:
It doesn’t give you any joy
It doesn’t have any sentimental value attached to it
It is a burden
It doesn’t bring any good memories
It reminds you of bad times
It is toxic to the person you are trying to be
It will not matter in a few years
It makes you feel bad about yourself
It wouldn’t make a difference if it’s not in your camera roll
Keep a photo/video IF:
It sparks joy!
It inspires you
It has good memories attached to it
It is important to you
You LOVE it
It is work-related
It includes important information that you need
Organizing & Exporting
Not every photo or video that you have chosen to “keep” should remain in your camera roll.
So, what will you do with the photos and videos that you don’t really need in your camera roll but you don’t want to get rid of?
If there are photos or videos that you are not really sure if you want or not in your camera roll, but you don’t want to do anything with them just yet – create an “Undecided” Album. That way, you can go back to this album on another ocassion and decide if you really want these photos or not.
“To Post Album”
If there are photos you only need to post on social media & later on delete them – make a “To post” album for them. Once you post the photos in this folder, go back and delete the photos straight from this album.
Air drop all the files that you don’t want to permanently get rid of but you are fine with not having on your camera roll – to your computer.
- FLASH -DRIVE:
Once you air dropped the files to your computer decide if you want all the files that were air dropped to be on your computer. If you do, make folders for them on your computer. Otherwise, insert a reliable flash drive and send all the wanted but unwanted photos to your drive!
Once you have permanently gotten rid of files & have exported temporary files to other devices, you should be left with the very best of your photos. If you still have some time left or would like to add some more time to your timer – categorize the photos that remain in your camera roll in different albums. The KonMari Method suggests that you tidy up based on category not location. So, create albums based on different categories & add in photos to your albums accordingly.
I hope this post inspired you to get rid of some of the clutter in your camera roll! Trust me, you will feel so much better after that camera roll of yours is organized and clutter-free.
Until next time,