Task 28 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

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My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit




Ooh I have something so exciting to share with you.  For the past few years… yes few years and I have no idea how I let it get like that, my inbox had always had over 1000 unread emails.  A mixture of personal and blog emails, but honestly it just overwhelmed me so much I had trouble getting in under control.

A few weeks ago I dedicated 2 days to spend time with my inbox.  I created folders and rules, plus I have been ruthless and deleted some really old emails and unsubscribed to so many emails that I just don’t have time to read.

I have ended my day the past month with zero unread in my inbox.  I am ecstatic!  See below, inbox is open and there is no unread messages!!!!

empty inbox 2

Todays task is to:

Empty your inbox, be ruthless!!

Now I could list exactly how to do it, but this is a really awesome post I published a few years ago from Prerna Malik that shared exactly how to organise your email for greater productivity and peace of mind.


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How many emails have you been able to delete today?

I would like to see a photo of your empty inbox on Instagram, use the hashtag #declutter52


A little fling with your filing


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Christina @ Mr and Mrs Romance July 7, 2014 - 11:01 AM

How did you know this was my no 1 on my to do list today too?! I can’t wait to get it to zero. Seeing that number of unread emails stresses me out!

Katrina July 13, 2014 - 5:51 PM

love your to-do list strategy Christina, did you manage to get through them all?

Smaggle July 7, 2014 - 12:04 PM

I actually do this every day. I have the Mailbox app so I always go to bed with an empty inbox.

Katrina July 7, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Carly, please tell me more of this Mailbox app you speak of… what does it do, is that it’s name, is that for the mac and work with apple mail??

Karina July 8, 2014 - 3:59 PM

A few years back I went to work in PNG where I wouldn’t have access to my email for 6 weeks at a time. Before I went I ruthlessly unsubscribed to **everything** – it took weeks and weeks of opting out of mailing lists. Once they were gone I realised I hardly missed any of them and now I try hard not to sign up in the first place.

Now I organise my email based loosely on the David Allen “Getting Things Done” principle: email gets moved into one of the following folders:
– Action items (things I need to do / reply to)
– Items pending (don’t need to do anything but might be waiting on eg, online purchases, e-tickets etc)
– Things to read
– Archives (folders in themes / years)
I have found the first two folders really helpful as these things used to get lost in the inbox.

Katrina July 13, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Love this strategy Karina, I’m going to google and look into it further!


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