Declutter your Camera Roll

February 26, 2019
A woman is holding her iphone

We get rid of the clutter in our closets, make up collections, art collections, and what not, but why do we hold on to the clutter in our camera rolls? Why are we hoarding over 5,000 photos/videos in our camera rolls? Ask yourself, are all those photos and videos really necessary? How many of the 5,000 photos actually bring us joy? Will these photos matter in five years from now? Not many, huh? At least not all 5,000 of them. Well, if you’re tired of not having any space in your camera roll, having to scroll through thousands of photos, and hoarding unnecessary photos, you have come to the right place! Today, I’ll be showing you how to effectively declutter your camera roll.

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DECLUTTERING MY OWN CAMERA ROLL

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! 

how to declutter your camera roll

HOW YOU CAN DECLUTTER YOUR CAMERA ROLL: 

PREPARE TO DECUTTER

1. CHOOSE A PLACE TO DECLUTTER IN

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. 

2. GATHER YOUR ITEMS

  • Phone (obviously)
  • Charger – in case your battery runs out
  • Computer – in case you need to air drop photos
  • Flash drive – to save photos and videos
  • Snack – to help you survive ha! 

3. SET UP A PLAYLIST 

Choose an existing playlist or create a playlist that will take you through the next hour or so. 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

Now that you’re all prepared, it’s time to start decluttering. Start at the very beginning of your camera roll (your first photo or video) and make your way down one photo at a time or a group of photos at a time until your timer goes off. 

TIME TO DECLUTTER 

What kind of photos and videos should you get rid of?

DELETE. A PHOTO OR VIDEO IF: 

  • It does not bring you any joy
  • The photo/video doesn’t have any sentimental value attached to it
  • It does not bring any good memories. 
  • The photo/video is a burden – it reminds you of bad times
  • It is toxic to the person you are trying to be – it makes you feel bad
  • It will not matter in a few years – wouldn’t make a difference if it’s not in your camera roll

KEEP A PHOTO/VIDEO IF: 

  • The photo/video sparks joy!
  • It inspires you
  • It has good memories attached to it – it is important to you
  • You LOVE it 
  • It is work-related 
  • The photo/video includes important information that you need

ORGANIZE + EXPORT FILES

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? Organize & Export!

CREATE ALBUMS 

“UNDECIDED ALBUM”

If there are any photos or videos that you are not sure if you really want 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 occasion and decide what you want to do with them then.  

“TO POST ALBUM” 

If there are photos you only need to post on social media and 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 DROPPING FILES

Air drop to your computer all the files that you don’t want to permanently get rid of but are fine with not having on your camera roll. 

USING A 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! If that makes any sense. 

CATEGORIZING FILES 

Once you have permanently gotten rid of files and 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 and add in photos to your albums accordingly. 

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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,

GABBY 

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Comments (19)

  • Andrew Comte

    February 26, 2019 at 11:37 am

    This is so me. I really need to take time out and organize photos into albums. That alone would make life easier for me.

    1. Gabby

      February 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      Absolutely! Life is so much better when things are organized.

      Gabby

    2. Darlene

      February 28, 2019 at 1:41 am

      Great post with many helpful tips. And I agree that music makes everything better. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Gabby

        February 28, 2019 at 9:21 am

        Thank you, Darlene! Glad to be able to help 🙂

        Gabby

  • Melissa

    February 26, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I definitely need to do this! Maybe this weekend. 😀

    1. Gabby

      February 26, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      Have fun! 🙂

      Gabby

  • Alexx

    February 26, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Ugh girl! I should really go through my camera roll. I got a new iPhone and I’m constantly screenshotting things by accident because they got rid of the home button. And with iCloud all of my pictures from my old phone are still there. I definitely need to declutter my camera roll! It’s just going to take so much time and energy!

    💗 Alexx | Aesthetics by Alexx
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    1. Gabby

      February 27, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Most definitely. I can’t have more than 2,000 photos on mine – it drives me insane! Haha.

      Gabby

  • Jessica

    February 27, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Your posts have really good impacts on my life because you are always reminding me of what I need to do or TRY !! lol 😜💕 Great Post as ALWAYS!
    https://jessierenea.com/tone-of-voice-matters/

    1. Gabby

      February 28, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Jessica, your comment means a lot to me! <3 Thank you. I'm glad to hear that my posts have been helpful to you.
      -
      Gabby

  • Raheela James

    February 28, 2019 at 3:16 am

    I am definitely one of those people with over 2000 photos and videos. I am trying to de clutter my phone. The system you have is definitely helpful to make de cluttering easier to do. I will take your tips and start experimenting with them to de clutter my phone. Thank you for your post Raheela

    1. Gabby

      February 28, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Thank you so much! Always happy to help! xo

      Gabby

  • Ashley Sugimoto

    February 28, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Yas gabby-kondo! Great, methodical approach to keeping your memoirs on your phone nice and organized.

    1. Gabby

      February 28, 2019 at 9:19 am

      Haha, I LIKE that! :’) I’m a huge fan of Marie Kondo and her work (as you can probably tell) so I just had to put some of her tips into use! Thank you for reading!

      Gabby

  • Elen Mai

    March 6, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    This is the best organisational advice! I do regular camera roll cleanouts to free up storage on my phone and I feel so good afterwards. At least part of my life is under control haha!
    El x

    1. admin

      March 6, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      Yes, girl! Glad to hear that! xo

      Gabby

  • Dayna

    March 7, 2019 at 12:04 am

    This is a great idea. I actually just went through my phone’s pics last week because I couldn’t save anything else! My phone barely has much room as it is. It definitely feels awesome to get rid of those pictures that you just don’t care for. Having all that extra space is the best! Great post 😊

    1. admin

      March 7, 2019 at 8:08 am

      Thank you! Glad you can relate, love! x

      Gabby

  • Sahel

    March 19, 2020 at 2:33 am

    I guess I found today’s afternoon activity!

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