Hello hello hello! Welcome to week four, the final week of the Mental Cleanse Challenge! I hope you are loving this challenge as much as I am! Can you believe we are in the final week? It seems like yesterday was the first day. Clearing our minds of all the clutter has been interesting thus far, and I am excited to see how the final challenges clear our minds.
Week three was a great week for me! My digital clutter needed cleaned up for some time; and I finally made the time. Often times we do not realize how much digital clutter effects us until we clean it up a bit. I will show you what I mean in my week three review.
Before we jump into week three’s review, I want to update you on my life this past week. Last week, I told you about happened with one of my fur babies, and how devastated we were with the news. We took Chevy to the vet for a follow up this past week, and [vet update].
Week Three Review
Day 1: Clean out your inbox and sort your emails into folders. Delete all spam. // I loved cleaning out my email accounts! I try to keep my emails as close to zero as possible, but with these past few weeks, my email accounts have been accumulating many emails.
Day 2: No social media before 11 a.m. Take the time to be productive! // This day did not go so well, but it was Valentine’s day…. So I tried this out another day to give it a fair try. I was able to accomplish it this past Saturday, which just so happened to coincide with Day 6!
Day 3: Unfollow people on social media who do not inspire you. // I am very picky about who I follow on social media, so this day was a little too easy for me. I did not really have anyone to unfollow. However, this made me feel good, because that means that I am intentional with each person I follow at any time versus when it is a challenge. Realizing this perked me up some!
Day 4: Organize your desktop accordingly into folders. Delete unnecessary items. // I am not one to have many icons on my desktop, but I got lazy for a bit. Here is a shot before I decluttered my desktop:
Here is my after shot:
Much better right?! Do you see now how digital clutter can clutter your mind? Hopefully so!
I love having as little icons as possible on my screen, because that means I should have my computer files somewhat organized. I also decided to remove a few task bar icons, so that I have just the apps I use every day.
Day 5: Go through your phone and organize apps into folders. Delete apps you do not use and delete old notes, contacts you do not need, etc. // I cleared over 300 photos from my phone, deleted old lists, deleted several apps, and rearranged a few things. Here is what it looked like before I decided to add a little personality back to it:
After watching a YouTube video, I found a new way to store my group apps. I decided to simplify as much as possible. In the following photo, I have 4 groups: 1. Communications, Camera/Photo, and Clock; 2. Banking apps (blacked out); 3. Social Media apps; and 4. Reminders, Notes, Settings, and everything else. I also changed the little icons from each group name to “.” to keep it as visually simple as possible. I also really like this background, because it makes me think of Hygge [dutch for cozy, warmth, feel good, etc.]. You may be a little confused after seeing it; but to me a stack of logs reminds me of a warm fire, with a cup of warm tea and blanket. Without further ado, here is what my phone currently looks like:
Day 6: Have a phone-free night with family or loved ones! // I got to spend the entire day with my husband! We took our fur baby to the vet for her checkup, visit some of my family, and work in the yard a bit. The entire day was lovely!
Day 7: Unsubscribe from email marketing you are not interested in keep up with anymore. // I do my best to keep my subscriptions low. I am easily tempted with the coupon code companies can send, so unsubscribing from all marketing is essential for me. Unsubscribing was pretty easy, because there were only a few that needed addressed.
How did you do this week?
What was your favorite challenge for the week?
Mental Cleanse Challenge: Week Four
Day 1: No compliant day!
Day 2: Write down 3 great things that happened today
Day 3: Spend 15 minutes in silence focusing on yourself and what makes you unique
Day 4: Compliment a stranger
Day 5: Write a letter to yourself explaining why you are unique
Day 6: Ask a couple of friends to describe you in 3 words
Day 7: Write out your challenge wins & treat yourself!
Before we get into week four’s challenges, let us hop over to Kiara’s update to see how she did! I think she had a good time this week from the couple of times we talked on social media, but I am interested to read her complete update!
One last thing before you move onto something else… I am starting a new series in March, and I need some feedback. Let me know in the comments any questions you have about minimalism. I promise, no question is irrelevant! It will help me out to make sure I am addressing all that I can within this series. I will give you more details closer to time, but for now, your questions are what is needed and appreciated!