Marie Kondo-ing Your Apps: Which One Has Been Sparking Your Stress?

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So, you’ve cleaned out your closet, your makeup stash, and maybe your entire space, what’s next? Before you run out of things to do, we suggest you open your phone, no, not for a new TikTok video, but to reassess your apps and do some digital decluttering. 

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You don’t need to wait for a “not enough storage” notification, which you will probably just ignore, before you start deleting useless apps. Even if you have 256 gb of storage, it’s still unnecessary to keep too much apps on your phone, which you probably may not have opened for months now. In Marie Kondo’s words, if a certain item no longer sparks joy, it’s time to get rid of it immediately. Our phones have a high tendency of accumulating clutter as we end of downloading new gaming and social networking apps that are almost similar to ones existing on our home screen. Really, it can be a lot.

For an easier way to declutter your apps, you can look through your phone’s optimizer feature, which will likely show how much space you have left, and what percentage each takes space. After that wake up call, begin with putting together apps in its proper categories. Check the repetitive apps and weigh which apps have you been using the most frequent and the most seldom. It’s enough to keep at least one photo and video editing app on your phone. Since gaming apps occupy a large storage size, get rid of gaming apps that you haven’t played for so long, but are still holding some space on your device. Looking through your social networking apps, you probably have kept more than three messaging apps aside from Facebook Messenger to connect with your friends abroad. While these apps remains necessary, make sure to keep them under one category.

Now, go through your gallery and tell me how many photos do you have in there. If you’ve got more than 2000 photos, with multiple options of the same selfie, and still not skimming through each one, this might be the perfect time to do so. Each photo serves as a memorabilia and it’s not easy to delete some photos to give way to some space. But it’s not just space we’re talking about in here; it’s how your gallery have becoming a mess with a lot of photos that are no longer relevant. Or if you really find it hard to delete those mementos, dump it on an external hard drive or back it up somewhere safe before you clean up your gallery.

Screenshot from Misü

While we may not notice it in our extremely connected and wired lives, there are certain apps that could actually causing us stress and turning our moods down. Thus, we have to avoid using these apps. But how do we find out which apps are the real culprit?

Screenshot from Misü

Misü is a new desktop app that tracks our mood automatically through capturing 200 to 400 of your emotions to assess your mood while you use the computer. Then, the app helps you point out which apps are making a positive and negative impact on you. Displaying a history of your mood, Misü also tracks your sleep, your fitness, and your food. Ensuring that every data is kept private, the emotion captures stay on the user’s device and is deleted afterwards without any external storing of private information. On a lighter note, this may help you evaluate your mental health during the pandemic.