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How did I ever survive before the days of cell phones with apps? I had to actually go to my computer to check Facebook, therefore I spent way less time surfing the content. As soon as I opened my WordPress account I downloaded the WordPress app on my phone and now I spend too much time scrolling through my reader and checking stats.

I used to think – years ago – a good app for a cell phone would be a mirror app. Now there is one. It’s called the self-facing camera. Not that I know too much about that cool app that really isn’t an app but built in.  My cell phone only performed that neat function for six months – and I suggest you take heed women. You could be next! You can read about those careless and not so careful ordeals here and here. You would think I had learned my lesson the first time!

When checking, I realized I have twenty-seven apps on my phone. Who thinks this is too many? It is when you can’t update your phone because there is not enough space left. It is when you realize you don’t even use half of them.

I downloaded an app called Moment a few weeks ago. Description – track how much you use your iPhone each day automatically. Do I really want or need to know this? No I don’t! It’s been sitting there glaring at me every day and I’m afraid to open it. I may never open it. Maybe I should delete it?

I can’t get rid of my Pinterest, Etsy, Jo-Ann, or Walmart apps. I racked up $32.00 in savings on Walmart in three months. It would be more if I would let H have free reign in that store!

The Pandora app I use when I run. It’s been a little lonely lately waiting for the weather to warm up. 😦

Words With Friends, Trivia Crack, and Two Dots are my game apps. I can’t get rid of Words with Friends because it the only way I can insure my children…and H…know I am smarter than they are.  😉 In the word division anyway! Trivia Crack could be easily deleted. I haven’t won a game yet and my girls let me know it. Two dots is my back-up for killing time when we are traveling in internet free areas which is often when visiting Andrew.

I have a PayAnywhere app I have used about five times in three years. Sometimes when I collect for alterations people seem to think that I have a card machine attached to my belt loop. Now I do and they don’t ask so much anymore. I’m not sure I even know where that attachment for my phone is.

Andrew thought I needed an Audubon Birds app. It’s pretty cool, but I don’t have much time to bird watch. He also decided I needed Zello so I could be at his beck and call if he needed me – or money – whichever comes first. I don’t think he reinstalled it when he got his new phone because I haven’t heard from him on it. But my trusty bank app is working away so if he does make contact I will have all the answers for him concerning his money or lack of…

I downloaded a Regal app for the very reason I am the only one who knows how to look up what is playing at the movies. And I’m supposed to know the answer when H asks this.

I know there are more, but this narrows it down to my social media apps – Twitter, WordPress, LinkedIn, tumblr, and Facebook.  Eenie, meenie, mienie, moe – tumblr goes! I only downloaded it to see what it was all about and decided – NOPE! – I do not need another social media app or account for that matter!

H doesn’t have as many apps on his phone, but he has twenty-one pair of khaki pants ranging from black and navy and three shades of tan hanging in the closet. He had me beat. He purged…two pair. Then last week while shopping he picked up two more pair on sale. I said sweetly, “Sure Honey. You need those since you only have nineteen pair hanging in the closet.”

He glared at me. You know how they do when they think you are being facetious – and I was. Most women have to get rid of ties when their husbands retire – and he has a good number of those too – I’ll have to  dispose of khaki’s!

Ties, apps, khaki’s…six of one, half-dozen of another. I’m not the only one in this situation. Or am I? This is clearly another case of too much stuff! Think of the closet space I could free up if some of those khaki’s disappeared. There could be some room for my clothes. And think of the space on my phone if I deleted some of those apps. I could update!






About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. Although not much of an app user I think it’s a good thing, I stare at screens far too much to possibly convince myself I am making any good use of my time. 😦

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  2. Like Jerry said – “twenty-seven”? I currently have 79 (android) – no games (unless you count Geocaching as a game?) There’s quite a few photography ones to do different things and mapping ones. I’ve set my photos to backup on Flickr so there’s very few I need to keep on the phone itself. I did a factory reset about a month ago so that freed up a lot of extraneous stuff – I prefer to do it that way and then just re-install the apps when I go to use them and they’re not there. Can you do that with iPhones?


    • Seems to me Margaret I’m not as bad off as I thought I was! There are just so many of those 27 I never use. They take up space and my pictures take up more space! Yes you can reinstall apps when delegated on iPhone. I spend enough time on my phone as it is – the reason I deleted Moment – with more apps I would spend more time! ~Elle

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  3. Twenty-seven? That’s all. Elle, you have room for many more. I have over 100 Apps on my iPhone. Of course this includes 3 weather apps and a variety of other stuff. I love Word with Friends and Soduko. Why I even have 11 apps devote to photography. I did not say I knew how to use them all. Maybe it is time for me to clean house.
    By the way, I have 2 pairs of dress jeans and 3 pairs of work jeans. Remember we live in a 38 foot RV. There is no app for that.

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  4. I took all of my social media apps off of my phone and Ipad. I want to actually have to work to get to them, otherwise they are huge time wasters. I don’t carry Word Press either, (not that I don’t adore it) but I’m pretty ritualized with my reading and writing. That way I can segregate that time away from my family or chore time.

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  5. Here’s a plan… You can do like Ma did Pa’s socks. Don’t wash any of them until you see which ones he really likes and wears… Then you can slowly get rid of some of the not so favorite!

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  6. My phone lives on a shelf. While I have apps. like barcode reader, a flashlight, etc. I seldom use them. Since my phone is one that connects through iTunes. I find it simple to take them off. They do not disappear. They can be reloaded, in a snap. I took Facebook off in a hurry. For it is a battery drainer. Continually roaming to ensure you’re “in the loop”. Email is a pain. I seldom use email on a phone and it has more than a 1,000 un-looked at sitting there.

    Poor eyesight is an app. killer. When it comes to it, WordPress is the most used app. on my phone. I never answer my phone unless I know the caller. The rest … well I can do without. That’s how I like it. … Oh I haven’t counted my slacks.

    Stopped wearing denim years ago. It’s so gauche. I wear probably wear two pairs of slacks only since retiring. One while the other is cleaned, then the other way around. The rest sit there and I’m reluctant to chuck them. They are expensive to replace.

    BTW I kept one pair of denims, with metal button up; fly. Made in USA. Now they’re all made in Asia. One pair of slacks from Target in 1980’s. Wide at hips, narrow at ankles. A bazillion belt loops. Yes they’re dated, then again, so am I.

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    • Yep. WordPress is probably my most used app also. I would be lost with out my cell phone. The ten days I had to go without were torture. (See links) There is no app for making those khaki’s disappear, but I know how to do that one pair at a time! H will never notice. Yes, you are dating yourself with those 1980 slacks! Haha! ~Elle.

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  7. Yep, sounds like you’ve got a lot there! I like the sound of that Pandora app, though. Except first I’d have to get a mobile phone.

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