My inbox does NOT look like the little image you see here. My outlook express has many, too many, emails still in it! I think I have about 150 unread ones, there’s no telling how many I have that have been read but I’ve just left them there! I’m not very good about keeping it all cleaned out…..the kids will send emails with pictures, I’ll leave them in the inbox instead of going ahead and saving them to a folder on my computer! Stacy might send me recipes and yep, I just leave ’em where they are. Someone might send Don email regarding work and I HAVE to leave those until I can show it to him because he doesn’t know how to “turn the email on”!! Silly boy. Or I’ve gotten something I need to respond to so I keep it as a reminder to reply, and some have info like addresses/phone numbers that I need to file away but haven’t done yet. I know it would be so much easier to deal with if I get it all cleaned out and organized, then maybe I wouldn’t be so overwhelmed with how many are there. So, I’m going to spend a couple of days working on it hoping that I can get it all down to a manageable level. Some may only get moved to a new folder but I’m betting a big majority of what I have could be deleted! I’ve tried doing this before and after several hours I get tired and frustrated and give up. So my mission for the next few days, or over into the weekend, is to keep at it and clean up all the folders in my outlook express!

Quick questions: Do you keep yours all cleaned out? Do you keep a copy of all your sent emails? (My sent folder probably has the most in it right now) Care to tell me how many you have in your inbox!
Sis Stacy just might have me beat in how many she has!

14 Responses to ““Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It….””

  1. Dawn Says:

    i have 92 emails in my inbox right now. many of them for the same reasons you do. i can see 100 without it shifting to multiple pages, so when i cross over to 100, that’s my cue to sort through what’s in there & tidy up!

  2. military mommy Says:

    I too am really bad about this. I keep emails until I get the message that I’ve used up all my space. And I have a lot of space, so that is really sad. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to know if you come up with a plan.

    Love, Michelle

  3. Lauren S. Says:

    I will probably live to regret it one day, but I delete most things as soon as I read them, and I don’t save sent messages. For some reason, I feel the need to have an empty inbox!

  4. Stacy Says:

    We’ve talked about this before, and we’re definitely birds of a feather when it comes to this. Part of that packrat mentality we share ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve been trying REALLY hard since I got my new laptop in early March to keep a better handle on this. On my old PC, I would have hundreds of emails in my inbox. I’m trying to be better about reading them, filing them, printing them and deleting them. I’m sure I’ll lose the battle sooner or later, but I’m still hanging in there. Just looked and I have 57 emails in my inbox and only 1 unread message. I don’t think I have you beat sister dear, hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Dianne Says:

    Well I just went through this. Got my work inbox down from over 9000 to less than 50. it’s back up to 135 today and bugging me. My personal one – I’ve been trying to keep to about 10-15. Good luck. Gmail helps because you don’t have to mess with folders. You just “archive” them and then you can search by keyword, name or whatever. Out of sight – out of mind, I say!

    Have fun!

  6. Sandra Says:

    Gail I used to have the same problem but what I do now is the minute I get an email I deal with it.

    I have it set up so that my computer lets me know each time an email comes in, I go in and if it’s pictures from family or friends I save them straight away, send off a quick thank you and delete it.

    If it’s junk mail it gets instantly deleted etc….if for some reason I don’t get to it, I set time aside on the weekend to clear it all out, it’s the ONLY way I can ever keep up with it.

    Good Luck,

  7. Eden Says:

    Hey Gail! I have 7 in my inbox. I delete them after they are read and answered. I save the pics immediately to the computer if they are of interest to me, otherwise, I delete those too. Bulk is deleted instantly – I don’t bother looking at it at all.

    Oh, I have a new look and title Gail. So if you stop to visit don’t think you clicked the wrong link.


  8. Susanne Says:

    You sound like me. Keeping everything in the inbox although I must say I try to get it down to at the most a dozen. Otherwise I just get to confused and overwhelmed. My delete box is the worst. I always forget to empty that and the next thing I know there is tons in there.

  9. Stacy (the other one) Says:

    I try my best to keep my personal & work inboxes empty. I read an article once that encouraged me to deal with the emails once I read them…only touch them once…I feel bad having messages in my inbox now.

  10. Eden Says:

    Hey Gail! No, I didn’t see the country program, I missed it.

  11. Lynne Says:

    I usually clean out the inbox daily. Read a message then either move it to a special folder or delete it. But my trash folder is probably full right now. Sent messages are either put in a special folder or deleted.

    From my bulk folder, the only ones I keep are the ones telling me how to lengthen and widen my p**is*!! You just never know when this might come in handy! LOL!

  12. Debi Says:

    Oh, I am so jealous of all those who said they keep their inbox empty! Ours generally has between 50 and 60 in there…stuff that I’m afraid I’ll need sometime. (See, I’m too dumb to know how to put them into other folders or anything like that.)

  13. Coach J Says:

    I think I’ve got about 45-50 in my inbox, but I immediately go through and delete the ones that I don’t have time to read from big organizations, and I tend to save emails for a while before I delete them. My family uploads pictures to so if I delete their email, I can always go to walgreens and order prints. Kinda saves me space.

  14. Judi Says:

    I am big time OCD about stuff like this so I keep mine to a minimum. Stuff I know I am going to keep I will create a folder for and drag it to that so it gets out of the inbox. Same thing for sent items. ๐Ÿ™‚

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