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November 17, 2018
by Rachel

Should you declutter DIGITAL photos?

A photo of Rachel aged about 30, wearing long silver earrings and a white top. declutter photographs. Find buried treasure.
I’d forgotten about this photo

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been telling you about decluttering my old photo prints.

How it’s been surprisingly easy.

And how much FUN it’s been!

And it’s got me thinking.

If you’re a Green and Tidy member…

(and if you’re not – click here to join now – it’s free and it’s where the good stuff happens!)…

…you know I’m working on my next Udemy video course

…on DIGITAL decluttering.

Green and Tidy members have been telling me what their biggest digital bugbears are…


…running out of storage…


…and digital photos!

Digital photos on phones, tablets, computers…

…iCloud, Google Photos…

…CDRoms, USB sticks, external hard drives, even floppy disks (aargh!!)

Not being able to find digital photos.

Not knowing what digital photos you’ve even got.

Running out of space to store digital photos.

Worrying that you might lose your precious photos.

Now I’ll tell you something that might surprise you.

While (of course!) I’ll address all the above issues and more in my upcoming course…

…I wasn’t planning on decluttering my digital photos.

They’re well organised (that DIDN’T surprise you, did it?)

I can easily find any photo of any event or person I’m looking for.

And I’ve got plenty of storage.

So I was going to concentrate on physical decluttering…

…and leave my digital photos alone.


last week I shared with you how wonderful it’s been unearthing buried treasures.

And it’s made me realise that my folders of digital photos must be stuffed with gems too.

I want to rediscover those gems!

Maybe I’ll print a few out and stick them on the photo boards in my hallway.

For sure, I’ll post a few to social media!

So should you declutter digital photos?

Hey look, we don’t do “should” at Green and Tidy.

But COULD you?

Hell, yes!

Are photos one of your digital clutter bugbears? What problems do they cause? Tell me about it (and your other digital clutter challenges) in the comments below.


November 10, 2018
by Rachel
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The treasure I found last weekend

Photo of young Rachel wearing a straw hat and a yellow t-shirt. Finding treasure.

I know! I haven’t changed a bit!

Last week, I wrote about decluttering photo prints.

Mainly about how EASY it was to jettison ten per cent of my prints

(because it was the second time I’d been through them in the last few years).

The joy of getting rid – and the space it freed up – wasn’t the only benefit though.

Far from it!

After I’d pushed through my initial reluctance…

…I LOVED doing it.

I’d arranged to meet friends on Sunday afternoon…

…and even though I had a great time with them…

…I found myself looking forward to getting back to my photos!

Because the BEST thing about it…

…was all the gems I found.

Photos I ADORE but which sit in an envelope in a box…

…for years…

…without being looked at…

…or shared.

I’m 19 in that photo above. Aaaaawwwww!!

If ever there was an example of how decluttering unearths buried treasure

…sorting through photo prints is it!

So I didn’t just chuck out my unwanted photos…

…I also digitised those treasures.

(Here’s how I did it).

Now I’ve got them on my phone…

…so I can look at them whenever I like.

And I can do all the amazing things we can do with digital photos…

…including removing spinach from my teeth in a couple of shots!

And, as I did it, I WhatsApped photos to friends and relatives…

…starting a myriad of joyful conversations.

You see, decluttering and organising is as much about making the most of your treasures…

…as it is about getting rid of your junk.

What treasures have you found while decluttering? Share in the comments below.


October 30, 2018
by Rachel
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How to make decluttering easier (even photos!)

Rubbish bin full of discarded photo prints. Decluttering photographs. Declutter photos.

I can’t believe how many I’ve chucked!


Have you got gazillions of photo prints from the pre-digital era?

I have!

And the cupboard that contained (most!) of them came up on my decluttering schedule this month.

So, after I’d pushed through my initial reluctance to get started…

(Yes, I do have to do that!

What is that ABOUT?!

I love decluttering and yet…

…it still takes an internal shove to get me started on my own!)

…I started working my way through the envelopes…

…and flicking through the prints.

Now this isn’t the first time in recent years I’ve weeded out my photo prints.

I did it three years ago

…the last time that cupboard came round for a regular declutter.

So I could not BELIEVE how many I chucked this time!

Why, three years ago, did I decide I still needed a DUPLICATE set of mediocre photos of the 1991 wedding of friends I lost touch with ages ago?!

Why did I keep that photo of the back of my friends’ heads at a drunken party in the mid-80s?

Why did I keep so many out of focus shots of birds visiting my back garden?

Just LOOK at that binful in the picture!

I chucked about 10 per cent of my prints. Wow!

And I was even able to get rid of one of the boxes I’d been keeping them in!

Yet believe me, there’s not one in that bin that I’m unsure about chucking.

Reader, it’s the joy of the second pass.

It’s one of the MANY benefits of continually decluttering.

Just like how the “not sure” category lets your mind work in the background during a single decluttering session…

…reviewing the same stuff every few years gives you time for the emotional bonds to loosen.

Next time around, stuff you weren’t sure about last time…

…even stuff you WERE sure about – and decided to keep…

…is obviously junk!

Don’t worry. No treasures went in that bin.

More about that next week! Stay tuned!

Are you inspired to weed through your photo prints? Or (even better) create a regular decluttering schedule? Comment below!




October 24, 2018
by Rachel

I hereby give you permission to procrastinate


Procrastinate: coat on arm of sofa that needs a button sewing back on

Must get round to that!

Right now, there’s a coat lying over the arm of my sofa.

A coat that tends to come out about this time of year.

A perfect between-seasons coat.

And one of my favourite coats at that.

It’s been lying over the arm of the sofa for a week…

..actually maybe longer.

I’m not sure.

Because, the last time I went to wear it…

…one of the buttons came off in my hand.

Job to do. Bleuch!

Not a massive job.

Probably a ten minute job.

And I’m not going to tell you I couldn’t have found 10 minutes to sew that button back on before now…

…because that would be a fib.

Nah. The reason that coat’s still there…

…is because…

…like everyone else on the planet…

…I procrastinate.

I tell myself there’ll be a moment when I just happen to FEEL LIKE sewing on that button…

…and I’ll do it then.

Yeah, right!

(I hate sewing, by the way!)

So, you know what I’m going to do?

Go down there right now and sew it on?


I’m going to schedule it.

I’m going to write “sew button on coat” in my diary…

…for tomorrow night.

There’s no reason why I couldn’t do it now…

…I’m just not going to.

And here’s the funny thing.

Having decided when I AM going to do it…

…I immediately feel better.

And when I get to that task tomorrow…

…I won’t even mind doing it.

It won’t feel like an irritating extra job.

It’ll just be “what I’m doing now”.

This is one of the many, many things I love about scheduling…

…it makes procrastinating OK.

Don’t just procrastinate!

Procrastinate WELL!

What have you been putting off? And when are you going to do it? Comment below to let me know.

October 12, 2018
by Rachel

Pack Like A Pro – How to UNpack

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Unpacking. Bleuch!

As if the holiday coming to an end wasn’t enough.

Even if you’re coming back from a business trip…

…and you’re glad it’s over…

…unpacking can still be a chore.

But don’t put it off!

Done right, it need only take about 15 minutes.

Video 3 in my Pack Like A Pro series shows you…

…how to make coming back easy on yourself…

…how to unpack quickly and efficiently…

…and how to unpack so that packing for your next trip’s even easier.

If you missed part 2: Fifteen Tips for Packing a Case, you can find it here.

Share YOUR unpacking tips below…

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Thank you.

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