The Why: The email I use frequently had 73 emails in the inbox; all stuff I had read and failed to do something with. My other email, the one I use mostly for newsletters and people who still send me forwards of cats and midi music, had a whopping 764 emails in the inbox, largely unread.
I was still receiving regular emails from a big-box store that we resolved last New Years not to shop at anymore. We haven't been to this store in 8 months, and have no plans to ever go again, but I didn't think to unsubscribe from their emails?***
I even still had my confirmation email from when I signed up for myspace. MYSPACE!? Wow.
The How: So I went through my emails, filed things into appropriate files, deleted a lot of stuff, and unsubscribed from a bunch of mailing list, including all the mailing lists that well meaning people had signed me up for against my will so that I could receive all those handy coupons and junk mail. Oy vey.
Time Spent: The whole thing took me about an hour, but only because my husband has the day off today. If he were at work and I was alone with the children I'm pretty sure the project would've taken me a day and a half.
The Verdict: So now, each day when I spend time dealing with my emails, I can empty out my inbox. Stuff that may be needed for later reference can be filed in appropriate folders, and everything else can be deleted once I'm done with it. No more junk hanging over my head. I have clean and happy email inboxes ready to be used for actual communication.
Now if only I could unsubscribe from cute forwards filled with pictures of cats...
***(I'm not going to tell you what store it is, but it rhymes with, um... Doll-Cart. Just Sayin'.)
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