December Decluttering

What I’m de-cluttering out of my life....

I have always been a fan of de-cluttering, and this year is no exception!

De-cluttering definitely makes one feel more at peace, gives room for creativity and generally for new things to enter one's life.  I actually de-clutter on a weekly, and sometimes daily basis.

When we think of de-cluttering, a lot of us think of tangible objects, but I believe digital de-cluttering is just as important, as are relationships, the mind, energies and the physical.
So taking all this into consideration, here is what I’ve done and am in the process of doing in the month of December, to make more space for my life.

1.    Facebook - I don’t know about you, but Facebook stresses me out in a subtle way... I scroll to see what’s new, whose doing what/saying what, what’s on, has anyone liked or commented on my post, and have I missed any birthdays.. and along the way I get subjected to content I don’t want to see, news I don’t want to hear and have about 5 birthday wishes a day I have to keep note in my head to wish before the day is through! 
Also, as I scroll through my friends list I notice some ‘friends’ have never engaged with me, they are there because they shared a classroom with me once, others I don’t even know or remember, and some are on there just because they felt the need to add to their numbers or they want to see what’s going on in my life in order to gossip about it. There are people on there who were bit&£*y to me in real life but felt the need to be ‘friends’ on Facebook and I accepted that! How mad is that! Therefore, after many years of worrying about what’s so and so is going to think if I ‘de-friend’ them, I decided to cut my 400 FB ‘friends’ down to 10.   

I started this process by deleting the people I had never engaged with, then the people I didn’t recall, and then slowly, but surely going down to (almost) everyone else. I felt guilty doing this along the way. What will they think of me etc.. but then I came to my senses.. how old am I!? Should getting people off a social media app really have to offend people? I guess the answer is if I feel Facebook is having a negative impact on my life, I’m going to get rid of it! (although I am keeping it for very close friends and family and the few friends I have abroad, plus to edit my other FB pages, such as Deliciously me)
I have deleted 200 ‘friends' so far, and straight away it feels liberating, almost the same feeling as when I get a short hair-cut.
After ‘de-friending’ I have more time on my hands to fill with other things that feed me more, such as, reading a book or phoning/emailing or meeting up with the friend I ‘defriended’ and having a more meaningful, live conversation rather than just ‘liking’ a post of theirs. I also don’t have to worry about accidentally coming across pictures of dead bodies and the like whilst scrolling. I have noticed that the less friends I have, the less posts I see, helping kick the habit of going on FB on auto-pilot. 

Lastly, I have always been an open book but keeping my life more private makes me feel I’m being kinder to myself somehow. Not everyone who is a ‘friend’ is really your friend! 

2.    Instagram - Taking Instagram photos - my phone memory is way beyond my iCloud capacity! Why!? Because for example, I have 10 pictures of the same cup of tea I drank this morning, amongst everything else. I scroll through my pics trying to decide which 2 are the best out of 50 pics I’ve taken of a random car the other day. Soo many pics I’ve kept just in case they’re needed for a new blog post or a dry moment on insta. Here’s some news for myself! If I want to write a blog about something I can take pics for it when that time comes. Also, I will never have a dry Insta moment as all I have to do is take a pic of anything and it becomes something on Instagram. So, apart from Deliciously Me related photos and family and friends photos, I’ve deleted everything! Phew! That feels good!  (I mean looking at the pics below just makes me feel all agitated. All this unnecessary space being filled, when one pic would suffice!)

I started Instagram way before Deliciously me started , just because I missed doing my photography, but instead of doing photography, I somehow got into the habit of taking ‘snaps’ of everything and anything. These pics included where I went, what I did, what I ate, what my view was, and now as of recently, I’m not doing that as often. For example, when I went for a walk today, I didn’t take 50 pictures of every flower and lane along the way, or of the mass of birds that flew so gracefully above me, instead I lived those moments, experienced them fully, in the present, and that felt so much more freeing. From now on, on most part I will set days for purposeful photography, and leave the other days not a slave to my phone camera and digital living.   

3.    Emails- this one is not new to me, I do this probably at least every quarter; I delete all emails apart from any truly important ones. But one thing I tend to do only in December, is have a look at my email subscriptions and only keep the most relevant to my life now, and unsubscribe to the rest. It’s such a thrilling satisfaction when you search one subject or email in your search bar and then ‘select all’ and delete! 

4.    Those VHS and camcorder home videos that take up boxes of space - I promise myself every year that I will digitise them, mainly because some are getting ruined and along with them their memories of childhood, friends, family, and people no longer with us. And every year I find some reason of not justifying the cost. However, as of last week, I promised myself I will get one done every week, and so handed my first one in last week, and second tape today. Apart from being soo excited to see what’s on them, finding some joy and learning from the past, I am getting rid of heavy bulky,dusty, VHS’ and the constant nagging burden at the back of my mind of getting this done!

What are you de-cluttering this December?

Raha x

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