Day 26: Email Inbox {31 Days of Easy Decluttering} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 26: Email Inbox {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Day 26: Email Inbox {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project

Today we're talking about decluttering your email inbox.  It's not physical clutter, but it can be just as overwhelming.  When your inbox is overflowing, you can miss important deadlines or waste time re-reading emails before following up with them. 

Now, I'm not expecting you to declutter your inbox in 10-15 minutes.  If you've got hundreds or thousands of emails to process, it will take time.  But doing 10-15 minutes every day will add up to a couple of hours a week.  Over time you'll have that inbox back to a manageable number!


Purging Tips for Emails

I did a whole series on purging emails earlier this year, so I'm going to refer you to that today.  Each post has a variety of tips from me and from the internet.  You can skip over the parts that are about my progress and just jump to the tips sections if you want :) 

Don't forget to take before and after pictures to share!  {You can take screenshots of your inbox or use the worksheet I share in the first post and take screenshots of it}

Here are all the posts:

If you participated in the challenge last spring and your inbox just needs a little tweaking or maintenance {like any organizing project!}, then take a few minutes today to take care of that, so you can go back to enjoying a clutter-free inbox.  Then take the rest of the day off as a reward :)

And if you were part of the challenge and your inbox is still in good shape - congratulations!  I'm so glad you've been able to maintain an uncluttered inbox and that you applied the lessons you learned.  You get to relax today and do something you enjoy!

If You're On A Roll...

You can do more than 10-15 minutes today.  I found if I got on a roll I was able to get through a lot of emails in an hour or 2 and seeing the progress pumped me up to keep going.

Or today you can catch up on another decluttering task you missed.

Visit my Office Organizing board for more ideas on decluttering your inbox and organizing your computer.

You can find more decluttering tips and lots of motivation and inspiration for decluttering on my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board.

For DIY organizing ideas, take a peek at my DIY Organizers board

For cleaning tips, you'll find a bunch on my Cleaning & Cleaning Supplies board

Good luck with today's decluttering project!  I'd love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!

Don't forget to share your pictures in the Facebook post for today or use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you pin your pictures. I'll repin some of my favourites.  Plus don't forget I'll have a link party at the end of the series where you can share your photos too!

Update:  I haven't been seeing many photos shared lately so I'm wondering if there's enough interest to have a link party.  Please comment on whether you have posts you'll link up or start sharing your pictures so I can decide. If there's not enough interest I will share some of the pictures I've seen so far on the last day instead.

How many emails did you declutter today?  How do you organize your inbox to help keep it clutter free? 

Happy organizing decluttering!

Here are all the posts in the series.

I link up at these great parties - Check them out!


  1. It's amazing how those emails can really get out of hand. I don't necessarily check my mail every day and it doesn't take long before I have a couple hundred unread messages! I find the fastest way to get rid of them is to filter your inbox by sender so you can deal with all the mail from each sender individually (yahoo! mail has this function, i'm not sure about Gmail or any other service). Anyway, it allows me to delete 50 or so messages in one go and just save the ones I actually want to read. =]

    1. Great tip Jessica! I found that worked well too. It also helped me see clearly which senders I wasn't reading emails from and then I unsubscribed from them. Thanks for sharing!


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