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Declutter One Room at a Time

Start with the room that is bothering you the most, perhaps the one that sparked your desire to read an article about minimalism. The items you keep should be things you use regularly or things that bring significant value to your life (such as sentimental value). Get started with my free declutter planner!

Set Up Your Zones

Before you get started, you’ll want to decide how you’re going to sort your items so you don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel as you go. Designate a few key zones or categories into which you will separate your items. They might look something like this: Keep, Sell, Donate, Recycle, Trash. If you think of other categories that fit your needs, feel free to include them. But remember: try to keep things simple.

Too Many Plates and Cups

Do you have a family of four, and twenty-five dinner plates and glasses in your cupboard? It is always good to keep a few extra plates, bowls, cups, and mugs on hand for potential guests, but don’t overdo it. Take the number of people who live in your household and double it. Remember, these things get washed and reused. At the very least, you don’t need 50 coffee mugs.

Get Rid of Doubles

If you have three pizza cutters, four whisks, and eight wooden spoons, you have room to do some eliminating.

Throw Away Outdated Food

You might be astounded at what kind of expired items you have haunting the back of your pantry and freezer. It is worth going through and getting rid of some things. If it’s expired, you don’t need it. Try these long-lasting storage containers to keep food fresh longer.

Hide a Photo

To hide a photo, tap and hold on a photo, while you’re Moments, Collections and Years view or in an Album, then tap on the Hide option to hide the photo.

Favorite album

Tap to select a photo, then tap on the heart icon at the bottom of a photo to select your favorite photos. They can be accessed in the Favorite album in the Photos app.

Get Siri to pronounce your name correctly

You can tell Siri it is pronouncing your name wrong. You can simply say “That’s not how you pronounce [any name]” to start the teaching process. During the teaching process, it will prompt you to say the name and then prompt you to select from one of options by repeating the name based on how you pronounced it. Once you select the option, it will start pronouncing the name the way you want it. Siri will also prompt you if it has trouble pronouncing a name and request you to teach it how to say it.

Enable or disable System toggles

Siri has the ability to enable or disable system toggles such as Airplane mode (only enable), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Do Not Disturb etc. All you need to say is “Turn on Wi-Fi,” “Turn off Bluetooth” etc. You can also adjust the screen brightness using Siri. You can use commands such as “Turn up the brightness,” or “Turn down the brightness”. You can also open the Settings panel for an app using Siri. While you’re in an app, say “Open Settings” to open the Settings panel for the app. Alternatively, you can also say, “Open <app name> Settings” or “Open Settings for <app name>”, for example “Open Safari Settings” or just say “Open Settings for Safari” and it open the Settings panel for Safari.

Get Siri to respond faster

To get a faster response from Siri, continue to hold down the Home button while you speak, and release it when you finish. Since Siri doesn’t have to identify when you stop talking, you end up getting a faster response.