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23 Insanely Simple Ways To Declutter Your Online Life

::unfriend unfriend unfriend::

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Dario Lo Presti

1. Move a cluttered desktop into one folder.

And then sort through it chronologically to get rid of anything you don't need and make new folders for stuff you want to keep.
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And then sort through it chronologically to get rid of anything you don't need and make new folders for stuff you want to keep.

2. Kill your tabs with the Tab Killer extension.

View this video on YouTube

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It files them away for later without cluttering your bookmarks bar.

3. Or condense them with OneTab.

It makes a neat list that you can scroll through and delete with impunity.
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It makes a neat list that you can scroll through and delete with impunity.

4. Prevent duplicate tabs with an extension that is, aptly, called Prevent Duplicate Tabs.

Unless you NEED four Facebooks.
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Unless you NEED four Facebooks.

5. And then, because it's turtles all the way down, use the Context extension to organize all your other extensions.

6. Sort your inbox by sender to make deleting batches of emails easier.

In Gmail, you can search “from:[name of sender].” Byyyye, Groupon, thanks for all the half-price laser hair removal.
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In Gmail, you can search “from:[name of sender].” Byyyye, Groupon, thanks for all the half-price laser hair removal.

7. This script sorts your Gmail by the size of the attachment.

So you can see whats's eating up all your space.
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So you can see whats's eating up all your space.

8. Unroll.me will unsubscribe you from unwanted email lists.

9. Unsubscribe manually by simply searching for the word "unsubscribe" in your inbox.

You can weed through yourself and figure out exactly what you want to keep.
Alanna Okun / BuzzFeed

You can weed through yourself and figure out exactly what you want to keep.

10. Facebook actually has a page where it shows you friends you don't interact with much.

And you can choose to add them to an Acquaintances list, where you'll see less of them on Newsfeed, or just defriend them altogether.
Alanna Okun

And you can choose to add them to an Acquaintances list, where you'll see less of them on Newsfeed, or just defriend them altogether.

11. Or just check your Birthdays tab and unfriend anyone who you don't feel the need to follow anymore.

Everyone has a birthday, so this is an insanely easy way to prune your list. Plus, in the deluge of birthday greetings, they'll never even realize you're gone.
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Everyone has a birthday, so this is an insanely easy way to prune your list. Plus, in the deluge of birthday greetings, they'll never even realize you're gone.

12. Unsubscribe from certain types of Facebook posts altogether.

Unless, that is, you want to be greeted by a daily influx of Candy Crush updates.
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Unless, that is, you want to be greeted by a daily influx of Candy Crush updates.

13. Alphabetize your Pinterest boards to make finding what you need a snap.

And use keywords in the descriptions of your pins (i.e. "possible prom dress" rather than "omfg SO CUUUUUTE") to make searching so much easier.
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And use keywords in the descriptions of your pins (i.e. "possible prom dress" rather than "omfg SO CUUUUUTE") to make searching so much easier.

14. You can tag your LinkedIn contacts to better manage them, and create your own custom tags.

(That only you can see.)
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(That only you can see.)

15. ThoseAnnoyingDupes will remove duplicate tracks from your Spotify playlists.

16. There are extensions for both Chrome and Firefox that allow you to upload online files directly to Dropbox.

So you don't need to worry about downloading and then reuploading them. Find out more here.
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So you don't need to worry about downloading and then reuploading them. Find out more here.

17. Make your passwords reminders to yourself.

This will make them harder to forget and serve as an extra little kick in the pants.
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This will make them harder to forget and serve as an extra little kick in the pants.

18. Organize your phone's apps by how much you use them.

Keep the ones you use the most on your home screen, and group the others by category on the following screens.
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Keep the ones you use the most on your home screen, and group the others by category on the following screens.

19. Or by color.

Writes Luke Coburn on why he chose this method: "I was finding that no matter what method I was trying to use to organize them, I was drawn to the apps based on their visual elements."
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Writes Luke Coburn on why he chose this method: "I was finding that no matter what method I was trying to use to organize them, I was drawn to the apps based on their visual elements."

20. Or, if you're more into whimsy than practicality:

You do you bb.
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You do you bb.

21. And figure out which apps are taking up the most space on your device.

On an iPhone, just check Settings - General Usage. For Androids, check Menu - Settings - SD card / phone storage. From there, you can make decisions on what needs to be chucked.
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On an iPhone, just check Settings - General Usage. For Androids, check Menu - Settings - SD card / phone storage. From there, you can make decisions on what needs to be chucked.

22. ManageFlitter is an app that helps organize people you're following on Twitter so you can decide who to unfollow.

It sorts by people who don't follow you back, people who've been inactive for a set period of time, and people who might be spam. (Btw anyone who chooses to tweet the number of people who aren't following them on Twitter has my deepest sympathy and scorn.)
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It sorts by people who don't follow you back, people who've been inactive for a set period of time, and people who might be spam.

(Btw anyone who chooses to tweet the number of people who aren't following them on Twitter has my deepest sympathy and scorn.)

23. If all else fails, just chuck everything and head for the hills.

You're better than all this crap.
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