When people think of clutter, they typically imagine stacks of paper, piles of clothes, or bins of toys. While all of these apply, the 21st century problem has spread into our digital lives. We could spend a whole month working on computer clutter alone! But today we are going to focus on email.
Your challenge is to open your inbox and delete 23 emails. If you are super organized and your inbox is empty, sort through any folders you have made and see if you can idenity some out of date emails to purge. Otherwise, scroll down and eliminate the emails you no longer need.
If you are someone who has hundreds (or thousands!) of spam emails in your inbox, 23 is just a drop in the bucket. If you have the time and prefer to tackle this yourself, begin by sorting your inbox by sender. This way you can select all of the emails from a specific vendor and delete en masse. If you wish, go ahead and unsubscribe from any email blasts you no longer want. Anyone sending advertising is required by law to offer the option to unsubscribe, so scroll down to the bottom and you will see the link.
If you are comfortable using technology, there are some great services designed to aid in this process. A few to check out are the unroll.me app and mailstrom. Another tip is to set up filters within your email service to automatically move the spam into folders other than your primary inbox, thus alleviating the constant need to hunt for the emails you wish to see.
If you would like to see how these tools work, this is a helpful YouTube video.
Deleting email is an ongoing project, but one that can easily be done during small bits of “waiting time,” such as in the carpool lane, at the train station, on the elevator, or in the grocery store line.
Are you ready for a de-cluttering task that won’t make a mess? How many emails are in your inbox?