During Spring and Summer, everyone is all about that de-cluttering life. From old clothes, unwanted books, broken cutlery and old make up, we’re all obsessed with throwing things away. I’ve been like that my whole life. I don’t have to wait to Spring to get a burst of motivation to de-clutter my life. But I do find that de-cluttering is a great way for how to clear your mind.

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I’ve always noticed the connection between clutter and how my mind feels. If my space is messy, my mind often is too. If my bedroom is cluttered, I find it hard to truly relax. It really is amazing how our minds and bodies are connected.

Which is why in this post, I want to look at a handful of NON-PHYSICAL things that you can de-clutter from your life TODAY to help clear your mind. Because it’s not just physical clutter that gets in the way.

With so much of our lives online now, our online space and online clutter can build up just as much as the physical stuff. And I know that sometimes, de-cluttering can feel like a mammoth task.

Sometimes, when our mental health is low or we’re having a bad time, it’s the last thing you’ll want to do. You’ll want to know how to clear your mind but won’t necessarily have the energy to do so.

Well these following suggestions are super easy. Super doable. And a great place to start on clearing your mind.

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Want to know how to de-clutter your mind? Read on!

Netflix / Amazon Prime Watch Lists

How many films and shows have you aimlessly put on your Netflix watch list only to forget about them almost instantly? But then you forget about them so much that they just stay there on your list, doing nothing? Get rid of everything that you’re 100% not going to watch or anything you’ve completely forgotten about. If you haven’t watched it in 6 months of it being on your list, sorry hun but you’re never going to watch it.

If you need some new things to add to these lists, check out these posts for some recommendations:

YouTube Watch Later List

With so many creators releasing new content every single day on YouTube, it can be so hard to keep up with everyone. Even the most avid YouTube watcher can’t watch everything in one day. Sometimes your YouTube Watch Later list builds up and builds up to the point where it’s almost impossibly to tackle. And not to mention over time, you might just fall out of love with some creators and that’s okay!

This is a big one for me and over the years, my watch later list on YouTube has regularly built up to over 200 videos. Eeek! I know I’m NEVER going to get through them so why do I keep them on there? I like to have a de-clutter of that list every now and again and also of the creators I’m following. As we change, our tastes change. And that’s okay!

Spam Comments

Our spam comments folder can build up massively over time because it’s not normally something we’re thinking about. Obviously, it’s spam. But take some time to delete all your spam comments and try and stay on top of it! But don’t forget, some genuine comments do get confused for spam sometimes, so whilst sorting your spam folder out, you might come across a lot of long lost comments from genuine readers!

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How to clear your mind continued:

Junk and Deleted Emails

How often do you clear out your deleted emails folder? Rarely I’d guess? I didn’t do mine in probably 6 months and it took FOREVER to clear out, so now I’m trying to do it more regularly so it doesn’t get cluttered. And if you’re not someone that checks your junk folder regularly, now is a good time to do that too!

If you’re a blogger, sometimes blogging opportunities can get lost in your junk folder. I know that my emails have landed in people’s junk folder in the past and my email address is genuine, so it’s likely that others will occasionally too. You don’t want to miss out on any fab opportunities – just because your folders are cluttered!

Unused Apps / Games / Programs

I’m thinking all things electronic here, so your phone, your computer and any consoles you might have. Apps, programs and games also build up over time but you never use 100% of them all the time. Any games that you’re done with for now, get rid of them from your device to make room for new ones. Any apps you haven’t used in months can go because you’re unlikely to use them after all this time and any programs on your laptop that never get used can be uninstalled too!

Facebook Friends List

And finally, your Facebook friends. This is a really good one to have a de-clutter of because you simply do not need 800 Facebook friends, of which you met once, at a party, when you were 17 and never spoke to once after that. There will be a lot of people on here that you no longer need or want in your life. People you haven’t spoken to in years, don’t get along with any more or simply strangers from the past that you’ve forgotten about.

I think this can be one of the hardest of all. You can sometimes feel mean doing it. Or wonder whether you’ll actually want to speak to them again in the future but then it’ll be awkward because you’ve deleted them. Or perhaps you have a long history with someone and just don’t want to let them go. Trust me, after a couple of weeks, you’ll have forgotten all about it.

Did this post help you know how to clear your mind, the next time you need a little non-physical de-clutter? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Such a great post, Jenny! A big one for me is clearing out apps. I download the silliest things sometimes and forget about them but I film all my photos and videos on my phone so I need as much storage as I can get! I also like to brain dump if I’m feeling overwhelmed. Thanks for sharing x

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  2. I love this! I’ve done a lot of decluttering lately and it’s quite empowering! I need to declutter my goodreads shelf! Next stop is my clothes! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’m definitely that type of person who feels so much better when the house is clean, and there’s no unread emails in the inbox and the computer desktop is nice and clean. Digital clutter is huge nowadays. I reduced the usage of Instagram and Facebook for personal purposes and it feels amazing. These are really good ideas! Thank you for sharing

  4. Haha I don’t actually use Facebook anymore- but when I did I knew I needed a massive purge! There are people on there I wouldn’t even recognise anymore x

  5. This was so much fun to read. I do these things occasionally, but this morning…pregnant and 1 day late past due….I’m over here trying to figure out how to keep my mind busy. This was perfect for right now, thank you! HAHA

  6. Some great suggestions.

    Ironically you’ve also made me realise that I should probably utilise the list functionality a bit more on Netflix to save me time scrolling through it.

  7. I’m the same with Watch Lists – I’ll have them on my list for so long and then I’ll just forget about them as the weeks go by. In terms of Youtube I feel like I’ve forgotten about the Watch Later List – I usually just scroll on the main page and wait for something to catch my eye!

    YES SPAM COMMENTS – I try to stay on top of them but sometimes I slack a bit and suddenly I have to sift through a handful of posts!

    I don’t think I’ve ever deleted my deleted emails – it’s still a miracle I have my number in the low hundreds in my inbox but I’m trying to get better at managing my emails so I don’t miss anything important!

    I have so many apps I don’t use anymore and I haven’t thought of getting rid of them – partially because some games have a high high score and on the -124% chance I decide to play the game again I’m not all the way at the start!

    I don’t think I’ve properly been on Facebook in years! To be fair I should just delete it haha! Great post!! Definitely going to start sifting through my apps (and perhaps my inbox) I don’t use and delete them – the perfect reminder!

  8. These are great ideas Jenny! I always feel so much better after having a digital declutter, even just deleting all my junk e-mails makes me feel so much more organised 🙂 I went on a Facebook friends declutter a while ago, it is such a refreshing thing to do and probably should have done it sooner. Great suggestions – thanks for sharing! <3 xxx

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  9. Excellent ideas! I’m going to go through TV recordings, delete what I don’t want and edit what I do. I also always try to keep on top of my emails, but it’s so tricky. Even just missing one day can lead to a massive build-up, and then that puts me off even looking at them!

  10. This is so interesting to me because I’m the complete opposite. I’m a low-key hoarder when it comes to clothes and I really don’t like decluttering physical things at all. But I hate when my digital life gets cluttered. My files are always organised, I make sure to delete my spam every couple of weeks. My YouTube watch later does get clogged up though, that’s a good one! x

    Sophie

  11. I feel so called out with the Netflix list – I do that but with Amazon Prime and some of the shows are there for if they become free on prime in the future because I want to watch them but not enough to buy them XD

    1. Haha! Oh yeah Amazon Prime too, your watch later list on there needs sorting! But that’s a really good idea about keeping them on the list to see if they become free! Life hack!

  12. I love this post! it’s the kind of thing that you don’t realise you need to see before you see it, if you get me haha. I cleared out my Facebook friends list not too long ago but I could definitely do with decluttering the rest of the things on your list! Thanks for this post Jenny. Have a lovely evening x x

  13. YES! I totally agree – we’re all so consumed with getting rid of physical things that we forget how to get rid of things that make us better mentally. Speaking of, I definitely need to clear movies and shows from my Netflix list!

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