Clearing My E-Mail: A New Way

This year, I’m determined to stay on top of my inbox.

I don’t know about you but my e-mail inbox can shoot up to 500+ messages in days. It’s worse around major holidays with stores shouting at me about the savings!

Of course,  don’t want to miss out on any great coupons so I tend to be a little lax in my unsubscribing ways. Plus, it doesn’t seem to work very well to unsubscribe.

At the end of last year, I made a small change in how I was deleting my e-mails. Mostly out of necessity as I had over 2000 e-mails stacked up at the time. Had to go through them all. Important ones regarding school dates, personal information mingled with messages shouting save lots of money by giving us all of yours! A rather tedious process.

At some point, I decided to select all and just “remove” the important looking ones. I hit the delete button. Guess what? All those important ones moved up to first place in my inbox. I took a minute, read through those taking any action steps or saving them if needed (I have an e-mail filing system…school, bills paid, etc).

Then, it was back to select all and repeating the process. Went so much faster than trying to read through each one and decide what was important.

An important mantra for me when sifting through the store ones (especially in January!):

There will always be another sale!

Think this may become a Saturday morning routine for me. It feels nice to have an inbox number of 4 as opposed to 4000.

How do you keep your e-mail clear?

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4 thoughts on “Clearing My E-Mail: A New Way

  1. Kristina Nelson

    Oh my gosh, I just looked at mine – 4,000 plus in there. You are right, there will always be a future sale too. I will delete mine daily. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Jean Post author

      My e-mail won’t give me a number past 1,000+ and that’s probably a good thing. I always think I’m going to delete mine daily but then, for whatever reason, I just don’t keep up with it.

  2. Rachel

    I do something similar to that. I scan through the email subject matters and who they are from. If they are are important or from a person then I will open, read, decide right then and there to either delete or file. Then I will go back to the top, hit select all unread and then delete. In December I had over 9000+emails in my inbox– many of them store ads as I do a lot of shopping online. I like you have the mindset that I am cutting back on spending so there will always be another sale. Now I have maybe 50 or so emails in my inbox that I am not sure where to file. I try to go in at least once a day to delete all the others. 🙂
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    1. Jean Post author

      Your system seems like a good one as well. I don’t know why I don’t delete things I don’t need right away. It would make life so much simpler. I have e-mail and papers like that, where I’m not sure what to do with them. Maybe we need an “I don’t know” file. LOL. Hope your Friday is off to a great start!

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