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Easy-Peasy Decluttering Task


I could write about the impending Black Friday and Cyber Monday: the perils of impulse shopping… where today’s purchases become tomorrow’s clutter…but instead, I’ll give an easy-peasy decluttering task where you can have immediate success.

Many of you reading this have email, or otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this post. Also, many of you have WhatsApp.

Email: Take a few minutes and do some DELETING. Delete old messages in your inbox. Then empty the trash. That’s it. The trash may automatically empty after 30 days, but there is something rewarding about clearing it out.

WhatsApp: For the WhatsApp folk, be aware that messages take up space on your phone. Clear it out. If you are in groups, such as school, shul, or community groups, the information gets outdated quickly. Yesterday’s ride share/ buy-sell-giveaway/ homework is old news.

Go to the three dots in the corner of your screen…tap MORE, then tap CLEAR CHAT. Done! I’m so busy doing this throughout the day that I haven’t counted how many messages I’ve deleted thus far. Since my last deletion, there were 101 new posts on the buy-sell.

Neither task involves heavy lifting, or light lifting (other than your index finger), and has instant results. Voila- you have successfully decluttered!

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Jana Arevalo
Jana Arevalo
Nov 15, 2023

Love it! These tasks are so simple and can make a huge difference when done little by little over time. I'm going to clear out all my WhatsApp now! 😅

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Julie Bestry
Julie Bestry
Nov 14, 2023

Good tips. I (almost) never go to bed with more than 16 emails in my inbox; that's my equivalent to Inbox:Zero because any more than that and there's no white space/buffer in Outlook. So, this smart task will be easy. As for What's App, I've never understood what it offers that's not available in the regular texting app, so I don't even have that. (The only person who ever asked me to contact them there was not in the US, so I suspect it's more popular abroad (and, perhaps, with kids?) So, I can check your advice off my list!


I love it when things are easy-peasy lemon-squeezy.

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Linda Samuels
Linda Samuels
Nov 13, 2023

Karen- I love these simple, satisfying tips you shared. Last week, I did some inbox clean-up which felt great. I'm not quite down to inbox zero, but close enough.


I've never cleaned out my WhatsApp chats. I rarely use that app. But based on your suggestion, I just went in and deleted all the chats. That felt great. Thank you for the nudge.

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