52 Weeks of Organizing – Week 7 – Electronic Filing … Organize those emails!

How many emails are in your inbox?  I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with my 356 unread email number on my phone, until I got in the car with a friend the other day who had 10,000+ unread emails!  The shear number of them astounded me!  My friend does check her emails, she just doesn’t always mark the unneeded ones for trash, and I know this because she does respond to my emails when they are sent!

Welcome to the 52 Weeks of Organizing Challenge! This is Week 7 in the series! Please note that these weeks are not built on one another and you can start at any time! It’s never too early or too late to begin organizing!

So this week, it is time to get that email under control.  The main focus is to organize your emails so that you can find needed things and also archive emails that you need to keep for tax purposes.

If you are getting a lot of junk emails or emails with coupons and store flyers, consider signing up for Unroll.me.  It will let you quickly see all of the subscription emails you are receiving, select the ones you want to remove, and then receive one email that recaps all of the ones that you would like to keep.  It will allow you to keep receiving the ones that you like, but condense them into one email that is easy to scan.

Set up folders in your gmail, or other email service to archive purchases, expenses and statements you need for taxes.  You may even consider a filter that will automatically move your emails into these folders moving forward to help save you time.

Set up a vacation folder to keep reservation information to reduce time searching for these things when it is time to relax and unwind.

I also have a folders for all kid things and volunteer activities.  This helps keep me straight for upcoming events and also organizing future volunteer events, especially since I will generally only contact these people once per year.

So, now time to get that email tackled!



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