I’m two months into my declutter challenge! It seems like I have focused mostly on digital clutter during February, but even so, there are a few other items that went out-the-door!
Below is an overview. You will see that some I count as one item, and some I count as individual items.
FEBRUARY’s TALLY of things “out-the-door” = 45 items + 2200 bookmarks and 2450 emails
- 1 laptop
- 5 outdoor jackets
- 1 picture frame
- 2 picture mat’s (count as 1)
- 16 sheets of paper cut outs (count as 1)
- 2 manuals (count as 1)
- 7 magazines
- 27 catalogues
- 1 bottle of floor wax
And then there are the non tangible items – the digital deletes:
- 1900 web bookmarks
- 1500 emails at my work mailbox
- 950+ emails at my personal mailbox
- and another 300+ web bookmarks (Feb 28)
Email clutter stresses me out, and I’ve decided I need to get it in check this year. I’ve tried and tried before but never quite made it, but this year I’ll be ruthless!
I’ll be writing a series of posts regarding digital clutter, and a big focus will be on email clutter.
I’ve come across this great website, about how to clean up and keep your mailbox in check, called Inbox Zero It has inspired me to make a proper try this year, since I have as many as three mailboxes and they are all overflowing.
Here is my first instalment in reducing the amount of mails that come in:
Over the years I have signed up for things, bought stuff using my email address and signed up for newsletters. Unfortunately leaving your email address out there also generate spam (I’m sure we have all been here) in addition to what you signed up for, and before you know it you’re overwhelmed with emails, and not all of them relevant.
Today I have used a little time unsubscribing from a whole lot of stuff in my two personal mailboxes and I believe I should see a reduction of about 90% incoming. In addition I have deleted and cleaned them down to respective 9 and 51 emails. Not bad, if I must say so myself 😉
Now all I have to do is start tackling my work one.. And that a whole different story that is left for another day…..
How are you doing on unsubscribing and lightening the load of incoming mails?