How To Declutter Your Camera Roll Quickly

February 26, 2019
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So you like to get rid of the clutter in our closets, make up collections, art collections, and what not, but for some reason your camera roll is filled with thousands of photos and videos. Are all 10,000 photos/videos in your camera roll really necessary? I don’t know about you, but I start to get anxious when my camera roll starts to fill up. And it’s not because of storage limits. I really dislike having to scroll through thousands of blurry, repeated, and pointless photos in my camera roll just to find a photo I like. So, whether you’re tired of not having enough storage space, having to scroll through thousands of photos, or hoarding unnecessary photos, today I’ll be showing you how to declutter your camera roll quickly!

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DECLUTTERING MY OWN CAMERA ROLL

Inspired by the whole Konmari “decluttering” trend, I decided to not only declutter my closet but my own camera roll as well.

So, when I began the process I had over 2,000 photos in my camera roll. Again, I like keeping my camera roll as clean as I can so you’ll probably never see me having 5k+ photos, haha! But anyways, after decluttering my camera roll for an hour, I had 970 photos and 86 videos left. I feel like I can still get rid of more photos and videos, but we’ll leave that for another decluttering session. Believe it or not, I’m already excited for my next.

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! 

SAVE “HOW TO DECLUTTER YOUR CAMERA ROLL” FOR LATER

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HOW TO DECLUTTER YOUR CAMERA ROLL QUICKLY: 

PREPARE TO DECUTTER

1. CHOOSE A PLACE TO DECLUTTER IN

Whether it’d be your office, bed, or dining table, find a comfy place in your house where you can hang out for the next hour.

Choose a place that you’ll be able to remain seated for at least one 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 – because why not!

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.

But 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 by deleting one photo or a group of photos at a time until your timer goes off. 

TIME TO DECLUTTER 

Are you wondering what photos and videos you should declutter and keep in your camera roll? Let me help you!

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 – so it 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

Now, 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!

1. CREATE ALBUMS 

“UNDECIDED ALBUM”

If there are any photos or videos that you don’t know what to do with but you don’t want to get rid of just yet, create an “Undecided” album for those photos. That way the next time you declutter your phone, you can go back to this album and decide then!

“TO POST ALBUM” 

If there are photos you only need to post on social media and later on delete them, create “to post” album for them.

Once you post the photos in this folder, go back and delete the photos straight from this album. 

2. AIR DROP FILES

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

3. FLASH DRIVE

Once you have 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. 

CATEGORIZE YOUR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

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. Let me know in the comments below if you are going to declutter your camera roll!

Until next time,

Gabby Abigail

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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
    https://aestheticsbyalexx.com

    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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