Although I rarely do massive amounts of deep cleaning, I do find that around this time every year, I get fed up with ALL paper clutter (photos, files, piles, books, magazines, emails, etc.)
It doesn’t matter if it’s physical paperwork sitting in my filing cabinet or digital paperwork in the form of Word Documents, digital photos, or emails — I’m on a mission to purge, purge, purge!
Part of my anti-paper-clutter mission is because we usually file our taxes in February or March, and after going through the paperwork for my business and personal taxes, I’m just ready to be DONE with any extra paper. I’m also usually inside a lot more this time of the year, so I have more time to deal with paper clutter than during the summer months when I’d rather be outside.
Whatever the case, I am especially ruthless with email clutter!
Even though email clutter doesn’t physically clutter up my home, it DOES waste lots of my time. If I’m not careful about it, I can easily get sucked into check my email every 20 minutes all day long — because there are ALWAYS more emails!
A couple years ago, I started doing something SUPER simple that made a huge difference in the number of emails I got and the amount of time I spend checking emails every day…
I simply typed the word “unsubscribe” into the search bar at the top of my email inbox, and then unsubscribed from all the emails that popped up.
You could also try typing “opt-out” or “subscription”.
Once your list of emails comes up, simply click on each email title, scroll to the bottom of each email, and click the “unsubscribe” link.
Then delete that email and go to the next one.
If you haven’t done this in a very long time, it might seem overwhelming (I know the feeling!) However, if you just work at it for 10-15 minutes a day, you’ll probably be finished in less than a week!
Ahhh… I love seeing this message pop up on my screen. 🙂
Many of the emails I unsubscribed from were for deals or coupons that I subscribed to years ago. Some were newer subscriptions I decided I just didn’t need to read anymore, and a few were other blog posts or websites I subscribed to over the years and have just decided to let go for now — mainly in the interest of time.
I have nothing against any of the companies, blogs, websites, or brands who were sending me the emails (especially since I did actually subscribe to most of them myself). I’d just rather spend my limited amount of focused computer time working on my blog posts, my digital photo albums, or my Virtual Assistant work versus reading through emails I don’t really need.
Although this process did require a little bit of time up-front, I am honestly amazed at how much less time I have spent dealing with emails over the past few years!
Now, it just takes me about 20 minutes every March (or around this time each year) to go through my email and unsubscribe to all the email lists I’ve somehow been added to over the past year.
And yes, I realize the irony of ME telling YOU that I’m unsubscribing from various blogs that are emailed to me — because I know many of you are reading this post in your email right now!
Truthfully, If you do not feel like your life benefits enough from the content of my blog posts to spend 3-5 minutes reading them each weekday, I hope you don’t feel bad clicking the “unsubscribe” link (it’s right down there at the bottom for those of you reading this in your email!)
The point of my blog is to help you simplify — not to clutter up your email inbox. I will not be offended 🙂
So that’s my quick-tip for today…
If you’re feeling overrun with too many emails and an over-crowded inbox, set your timer for 15 minutes and see how many emails you can unsubscribe from.
I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results!
Looking for more email tips and tricks?
Do you have any quick-tips to declutter your Inbox?