How often do you clean up your email accounts?
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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• 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.
• 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.