How often do you clean up your email accounts?

@deejean06 (1953)
United States
April 21, 2009 10:17am CST
I'm trying today to declutter my inbox - literally. I'm trying to go through all the emails I have that I no longer need and delete some of them just to make it a bit less to sift through...I try to declutter at least once a week - sometimes it just gets too much. So what do you do? Do you declutter once a week or are you more organized and clean up each day?
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@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
21 Apr 09
I check my email everyday, reply and delete all, clean the junk mail box everyday, I don't let it accumulate.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
23 Apr 09
Hi mermaid...WOW you're good - I should learn from you but sometimes I just don't have enough time to reply to everything that needs attention. I'm working on it though...Thanks for your response.
@hacker006 (126)
• United States
21 Apr 09
I try to just read at least 10 e-mails a day & go from their
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
23 Apr 09
Hi hacker and welcome to mylot! That is a definite and excellent goal! I should try that myself - thanks for the tip and the response.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Not nearly often enough, Dejean. I have quite a few email addresses, which are used for separate and distinct purposes. The only one that I clean up daily is my business email. The others I tend to use as storage. Of course, I don't include anything that I would mourn the loss of. For those emails, I save them to my hard-drive, then back them up on a portable harddrive. The rest I either delete immediately as junk, or deem as important enough to save, though not critical. I do have email accounts with my ISP that are limited to a tiny bit of space. They are automatically cleaned out by the ISP every 30 days -- anything older than 30 days gets deleted. It's just one less task for me to complete. The other, national emails like g-mail or yahoo contain hundreds of messages that I've just allowed to be stored on their servers. I figure if Yahoo is concerned with bandwidth, then they will embrace the auto deletion plan. Until then, it seems that the few kb that my old messages represents is of little consequence to 'their' server storage capacity. I wouldn't begrudge them at all if I logged in one day and found that they had cleaned house. It IS their prerogative, as I see it, since they own the storage medium and allow me to use their service at no charge. Sincerest thanks to them, by the way.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
21 May 09
Hi lady...and thanks for the funny and brutally honest response. I too feel that I can't get to my email enough between all the other errands and chores that come in the form of every day life. But you're right - I don't put anything in the email accounts that I don't check on a regular basis that I would mourn the loss of. But still I know that either I have to consolidate accounts or come up with a better system one day soon... Thanks for the response.
@net_ankit (643)
• India
21 Apr 09
I clean my Email Inbox Every day, but I have many Email account for different purposes so I clean some of them day after tommorow. I love clean Inbox means without spam.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Hi net...I love a clean inbox too! That's why I'm trying to clean it up today! Thanks for the response.
• United States
21 Apr 09
I'll go through my inbox and delete useless/junk email every so often. Believe it or not, I still have emails (which I had placed in folders a long time ago) that I have from five years ago!
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Hi Darth...If you need those emails then it's great that you were able to save them in your email for such a long time! Good for you! I'm really trying to declutter today when I have some time. Thanks for the response.
@luphita (114)
• Indonesia
21 Apr 09
i nearly never clean up my email. it's so unnecessary thing to do...
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Hi luphita and welcome to mylot...I didn't realize it was unnecessary - doesn't your email have a certain size limit. I wonder how many emails you can fit into your account before it doesn't accept mail anymore...Thanks for the response.
@mkchaves (533)
• Canada
21 Apr 09
i don't check mail regularly. I delete e-mails like never. LOL. I mean, I don't really bother deleting old mails. ONLY SPAM and those people I dont know, or when I feel that it's not important - its directly into trash.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Hi mkchaves...If you don't delete emails then how many do you have? Your inbox must be full! I don't think I could have so many - I'd get lost in cyberspace...Thanks for the response.