Updated: Jan 28, 2020
You know that squeaky-clean-set-free feeling after a spring clean? Well, the very same feeling can be reached when you take a social media detox and declutter your accounts.
This is something I’ve recently experienced by decluttering, cleaning and reinventing my Instagram (still working my way though other accounts!). If you found this post through Wee Vegan, hello V. Gang! Welcome to my new blog, where I’m focusing all my energy on where my true passion in life: Self Care. More about that here, but for now, let’s scroll to it.
Following people (to be nosy) who I probably wouldn’t say hello to if I saw them in the street: Guilty.
Following dieting accounts that promote biased, unbalanced and restrictive eating behaviours: Guilty.
Following accounts that steal my productivity with the distraction of adorable fluffy animals: Guilty.
And the worse crime of all... following the Kardashians: Guilty.
It’s neat or delete my friends, offline is the new luxury.
KonMari your Social Media
No-Mess Goddess Marie Kondo went from Best-Selling Author to the Clean-Queen of our screens since her Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, launched on January 1st.
This post gives you the down-low on everything you need to know about the KonMari method, and translates it from your Home Space to your Home Screen. That’s right, we’re talking how to KonMari your Social Media.
Clean the Screen. Calm the Gram. Unlitter the Twitter.
What kind of relationship have you got with social media?
I invite you to take a nice, clean look at your relationship with social media, how it impacts your mental health, and consider how much time it takes out of your day. If you are someone who generally feels balanced, aligned and uplifted when you’re on social media, that’s awesome. But if you sometimes feel discouraged, overwhelmed or insecure, perhaps even a little more judgemental of others than you'd like, it’s time to detox and declutter. How? By purifying the content you’re exposing yourself to and reducing the time you spend online overall.
Social Media Declutter
Decluttering and simplifying one’s life can dramatically improve one’s mental health and well-being. This is not limited by physical belongings. Of course, because things have a very visual presence on our lives, it’s easy to simply focus on our physical surroundings and belongings, where we spend most of our time. But how much time do you spend online? Be honest. our social media feeds are one of the most important non-physical things we should declutter frequently and purify altogether.
When we declutter and simplify our social media, it results in higher quality and more relevant content; healthier connections with the people and accounts we follow. Take responsibility for the content you expose yourself to. Make a conscious decision about what you allow onto your feed, to influence you, and regain control over your scroll.
Get Offline. Look Up at The Sky. Exchange A Smile. Reclaim Free Time. Update Your Status State of Mind. Disconnect to Reconnect. Unplug and Go Outside.
The Magic of Tidying Up
Kondo’s revolutionary cleaning concepts were first published in her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014). Fast-forward 5 years, the Japanese author has become a household name by literally visiting American homes-in-need to teach people the KonMari Method.
The KonMari Method
The KonMari Method is Kondo’s minimalism-inspired approach to decluttering your living space, category-by-category rather than room-by-room. At the core, it’s about erasing anything that lacks value – how beautiful? To only surround yourself with things that spark joy.
Kondo starts by removing e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g from each category and piling it up, basically creating a mount Everest of stuff. Then, you hold item-by-item and consider if it sparks joy. Kondo stresses the importance of finishing one category before moving onto the next one.
You decide what items spark joy and you discard what doesn't. Turning tidying into an empowering and therapeutic practise, a rebirth of sorts! What do you end up with? A clutter-free home inviting joy and prosperity to your life.
A special part of the tidying process concerns visualising the life you want to live and what you need to get there. Anything that doesn’t help you on that journey does not belong in your space.
Firstly, there are six basic rules:
Commit yourself to tidying up.
Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
Finish discarding before anything else. (this involves sincerely thanking each item for serving its purpose before discarding it!).
Tidy by category, not location.
Follow the right order.
Most importantly, when reasoning items, ask yourself: does this spark joy?
And five categories to tackle:
Komono (miscellaneous items)
KonMari your Social Media
Below are the six basic KonMari rules, but this time we consider them through a social media lens; a minimalism-inspired approach to decluttering your scroll:
1. Commit yourself a Social Media Declutter
It is what it is. Just like you would organise a schedule for your spring cleaning, you plan out your social media declutter. Starting with a dedicated day and time, you commit yourself the digital dumping.
2. Imagine your Ideal Lifestyle
Whatever your ideal lifestyle looks like, does it involve you scrolling mindlessly through Facebook for hours? Didn’t think so. Again, imagine your ideal lifestyle – what purpose does social media have for you in that vison, where does it fit in, if at all.
3. Press Gratitude + Delete
Before the process begins, let’s do the easy part, and bin the mouldy platforms. If there’s an account anywhere on the web collecting dust, save yourself the bother of cleaning and just delete it. But don’t forget to thank that platform or application (or whatever media) for its purpose up until this point.
Gratitude makes sense of the past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow – Melody Beattie
4. Tidy your Social Media one at a time
Simple. You wouldn’t start washing your dog midway through hovering out your car. Tidy one social media account at a time. Look at your profile, does it spark joy? Look at your last upload, does it spark joy? The upload before that, does it spark joy? Scroll through your feed - does it spark joy? What accounts are you following, do they spark joy?
This is no doubt a lengthy process. You’re following how many people on Instagram?! An easy way to tackle this, is to be conscious every time you open an app and scroll through your feed. If you see any post that doesn’t spark joy – you know what to do.
Listen cousin Frank, I love you to pieces, but your photos of protein shakes and new trainers really don’t spark joy in my life. Thank you for everything, wishing your posts all the best, much love and moonlight, goodbye.
Unfollowing accounts that don’t spark joy every time you open an app or see a post is easy, and liberating. So far, I’ve been doing this in short 10-20-minute bursts. When you’re happy with one, move on to the next.
5. Create and follow your own order, most-used to least.
Unless you’re deleting an entire account or platform (by all means go ahead!), start with whatever social media you use the most and work your way down.
6. Be persistent
You won’t declutter your digital life overnight. But it doesn’t need to be seen as a momentous task. Do your best – and once your happy wit your progress, a simple long-term habit, is to simply practice mindfulness whenever you are on your phone having a scroll. When something doesn’t spark joy, you know what to do.
Here are a few extra, simple and really effective, tips to help get you started:
1. Unfollow the Unfollowers
With the exception of those accounts that spark joy, obviously. This is without a doubt one of the easiest ways you can clean up your newsfeed. This keeps the digital clutter at bay and makes room for the more meaningful interactions to evolve.
2. Change your Notification Settings
Scrap the junk, new post notifications, and promotions. Save your little bells for the important stuff. Your time and energy are sacred, not to be stolen by a tiny shiny machine. Just go through your settings in account and turn some off, they’re totally unnecessary.
3. Do a Detox
When was the last time you went 24-hours without checking or using your phone? Maybe even imagining this sounds crazy... crazy how much a little device can control your life. A detox, whether it be for 6 hours or 6 weeks, can do incredible things for your mental health and well-being.
4. Do Not Disturb
Switch off to switch off. We’re all guilty of finding ourselves on the dark side of YouTube at 3am and suffering the next day. Pop your phone on do not disturb or airplane mode 1-2 hours before bed and keep your sleep sacred.
5. Limit your time spent Online overall
What’s important here is being mindful when you are online and what impact it is having. Listen to the charming words of Marie Kondo dancing through your ears: does it spark joy?
Below are some useful and inspiring articles on the power of a social media detox or declutter:
p.s. 'The KonMari Method' - what a genius term! There’s no deeper meaning, just the combination of Marie Kondo's first and last name. When I create some magical hippy earthly self-care method, it’s totally gonna be coined The OSara Method, y’all wait and see.
- Handle with Care, SJ x