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{15 Minute Monday} Email Inbox

July 8, 2013

Today I am continuing on with my 15 Minute Monday posts. Each Monday I will post an organising task that will only take you 15 minutes to complete. 52 of these throughout the year and we will be well on our way to having beautifully organised homes. Follow along on Instagram or Facebook and together we can organise our homes 15 minutes at a time.

Today we are going to be de-cluttering and organising our email inboxes. You know those 50 junk emails you get everyday? Or those emails dating back to 1998 when you first opened your email account. Yea, those!

You can organise your work, home or business email account, or if you want, do them all.

First we are going to do a speed delete. Open your inbox, set a timer for 5 minutes and delete as many emails as you can. You should only be keeping really important emails. Try to not read any, just skip to the ones you know can be deleted without reading.

Before you empty the trash can, click on it and have a look at all the emails you have deleted. Do you notice a common theme? Are they mostly junk mail, stuff you have signed up to and now they just keep sending you stuff? It is time to unsubscribe.

Click on one of the emails and scroll all the way to the bottom. In tiny little writing you should see an unsubscribe link, click it. That should stop them from sending you emails. Spend the next 10 minutes unsubscribing to emails. Pick out the main culprits first, the ones that send 15 emails everyday.

For the next couple of weeks every time you find yourself deleting an email without even reading it, click on it, scroll to the bottom and unsubscribe. These are the emails that a clogging up your inbox, it’s time to get rid of them.

If you keep on top of all the junk mail, you shouldn’t have a problem keeping a clutter free email inbox. Remember, the unsubscribe button is your friend.

You can also edit your email settings for Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. You probably don’t need to receive an email every time someone likes your post, however you may want to keep emails about inbox messages. Go to your settings and you can pick and choose which emails you would like to receive.

If you really want to go all out and be email clutter free, create some folders to separate the emails you want to keep. You could have a folder for work, family, business and important emails.

Today I want to see your empty trash cans! Unsubscribe to all those emails then send me a pic. Post a picture to my Facebook page, hashtag #15minutemonday on Instagram or link to your blog post in the comments below.

If you would like to catch up on previous 15 Minute Monday posts, click these links to see how we organised our cutlery drawer, handbags and closets.

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  • Reply pigsmightfly July 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I love the unsubscribe button. I used to keep loads more emails than I do now but I read somewhere if you haven't opened an email for 2 days Delete it or Junk it because you don't need it and if the sender really wants to contact you they will try again.

  • Reply Ali Cottis July 10, 2013 at 1:05 am

    All done. I made folders on the side and sweeped a few important emails into there but the rest I realised I just didn't need…how about that! 🙂

  • Reply emma davies July 16, 2013 at 12:32 am

    This took me a few days! I had 3000 emails! I unsubscribed to so many things first, then cleared my inbox down to 4 emails. I had 2 email accounts so I deleted the one I don't use anymore. I also deleted my inbox on my phone aswell as my facebook
    private messages – I had never deleted any of these so was heaps! I then cleaned up my drive on the laptop – deleted old files and sorted all pictures into their correct albums – an album for each month of each year. Feels good!

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