We talk frequently here at I Heart Planners about organizing our home, our spaces, and our schedules, but one area that gets easily overlooked is digital organization. The truth is that digital organization (on smartphones, computer, digital photos, files, and all that) is equally important.
Some time ago I shared a clever way to organize your computer desktop, but today I want to talk about organizing the home screen on your phone. Most of us use our phones multiple times a day, so why shouldn’t we look at a neat, organized home screen that makes us smile?
There’s no right or wrong way to organize your phone apps. It really comes down to personal preference. Instead of just showing you one way to organize your phone home screen, I’m sharing several different ways to do it.
You can group your apps together into folders by type, so all the photo editing apps are together, all the music apps are together, and so on. This is probably the most common way to organize your apps. You can change the descriptions under each group to be whatever you want (or even use emoji’s instead of words for a little extra flair).
Juliana and I simply use words to describe our folders. I have some of my most frequently used apps by themselves outside of the folders, but most are in folders. I also change those 4 apps at the bottom of the phone to be the ones I personally use the most. (Did you know you can change those?)
Another really basic and simple way to organize your apps is in alphabetical order. I love this method because there’s absolutely no ambiguity about where each app belongs (when you organize by type or color sometimes an app could really fit in multiple places and you have to make a judgment). Can you tell I take this organizing stuff pretty seriously?
Here’s an example of a simple alphabetical organization:
I love how Shaina has used emoji’s in her folder descriptions:
However, you can get more creative and organize your by color instead of function like Hannah does. I absolutely love the way this looks:
I think the biggest concern for organizing this way is that you need to remember what color each app is or you just search for them instead of going to the folder to access them. Honestly, I search for them most of the time anyway because it’s faster. But the look of this just makes my heart sing!!!!!! I also love the emoji labels.
To do this, Hannah first ordered all her apps by color before grouping them together, like this:
It’s much easier if you arrange them all by color before you start grouping. I will say that one other downside to this method is that many apps are somewhat multicolored, and that massively stresses me out! (Hopefully, you don’t sweat the small stuff as much as I do!)
I also want to talk about the phone lock screen. On most phones, I think you can have a separate lock screen image and home screen image. I love using calendars on my lock screen so I can just glance at my phone and see a calendar. I use the calendar phone screen downloads that come in the Sweet Life Planner Club each month. I also love changing it out each month so I can look at something fresh and new.
How is your phone home screen organized? Anything we overlooked?
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