De-cluttering Cybernoise

The never-ending dilemma: The kids are finally  asleep and the house quiet.  The decision: get something done, chillax, or sleep?  If I’m really exhausted, sleep wins.  Then the choice is between chillaxing and getting something done.  This evening, chillaxing won and y’all get a new blog post!

I am feeling inspired to share how I just made my life easier.  Maybe ‘easier’ isn’t the best word choice, but I did something to  add more serenity to my day.  Aromatherapy?  Calming music?  (Remember one of my professions is Massage Therapist).

I know the suspense of finding out is a killer–worse than waiting for Star Wars to premier.  What did I do?

I decluttered my e-mail and my Facebook account!  Yes, I find this exciting, hence the exclamation mark. (Profession #2, English teacher.)

After taking a long, hard look at the lists and groups I was on, I had to cut down on cybernoise.  I don’t know if this is a real phrase or one I just made up. However,  in any event,  as shared recently,  I don’t have an iPhone so I am not constantly internet-connected.  When I log on after a hiatus, I have a zillion message in my in-box and an out-of-control Facebook newsfeed.  I was feeling pressured to see and read everything. Often I chose to delete. and delete. and delete.  I spent so much time deleting  I realized if it wasn’t there in the first place, I wouldn’t have to waste time deleting.

So how did I do this?  Taking small intervals of time over period of days, I started unsubscribing to lists, and daily digests, and groups.  Some I deleted completely and some I changed settings regarding notifications.

Now I am reveling in my fairly uncluttered corner of cyberspace, seeing only what I must without all the extra ‘noise’ of print.  More serene.  More relaxing.  Less pressure.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  If I have any ‘regrets’ or ‘second-guesses’ about any of these choices, it takes but a nanosecond to re-join.

Here are my Pearls of Wisdom of cutting down on cybernoise:

  • Unsubscribe.  I think almost all list have a ‘safe unsubscribe’ place to click on.  Click on it.  Get of lists you never read.
  • Remove yourself from mailings you consider ‘junk mail’
  • On Facebook, turn of notifications.  Get off groups or ‘liked pages’ that you don’t participate in.  Sometimes a friend will add you to a new group, but you really aren’t interested.  There is no obligation to stay.
  • The process will take some time, as some newsletters come weekly or monthly and you don’t even remember you are on them until you see them in your in-box.

I have chillaxed and now sleep is taking over.  Good night everyone and thanks for reading.

-Karen, The Klutter Koach

December 21, 2015




Published by Karen Furman

Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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