5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Email Inbox

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Are you tired of dealing with large quantities of email in your inbox? 5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Email Inbox

Do you want some actionable tips to help you cut through the clutter?

While email is an important part of our daily lives, it shouldn’t take up the bulk of our waking hours.

In this post, I offer five simple ways to easily declutter your email inbox.

Please note, there will be no blog post this Friday, November 25th.

We’ll be back with a new post on Monday, November 28th. 


Be choosy when sending emails.

As convenient as email is, it’s important to remember that not everything in your life needs to be documented in email form. Some conversations and discussions should be held offline. 

Instead of automatically emailing a question, concern, or item to someone, think about whether or not it makes sense to send an email. You may decide to pick up the phone and place a call, or walk over to a coworker’s desk or office to have a face-to-face conversation.

No matter which action you take, you’ll have one less email chain sitting in your inbox.

Cancel push notifications.

Do you receive email updates or push notifications every single time a friend posts an update on Facebook or Pinterest? If so, you may want to adjust the default settings for push notifications and updates on your smart phone or computer. Login to the relevant program or app, and select or unselect email delivery options. Get into the habit of customizing your email update settings whenever you download a new app.

Tailor newsletter delivery.

Some email subscriptions allow you to customize delivery options of their newsletters, announcements, and ads. Instead of receiving emails every single day, you may choose to receive updates once a week, every two weeks, and so on. Of course, this all depends on a company or organization’s email service provider. You’ll have to do your homework for this tip, but it’s certainly worth a try.

Carefully review sweepstake details.

You know that 7-day, 6-night, all-inclusive Ireland vacation sweepstakes you entered via email yesterday? You might have unwittingly signed up to four separate newsletters! Sometimes, companies offering sweepstakes, prizes, or giveaways cross-promote their products and services with other brands. Make sure you check the fine print when entering sweepstakes and contests. At the very least, you’ll be aware of the newsletters to which you’ve just subscribed.

Unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters.

Do you look forward to reading all of your email subscriptions? If you’ve simply been putting up with a deluge of email subscriptions out of sheer habit, it may be time for a change. Identify those newsletters which no longer interest or hold value for you, and unsubscribe from their lists. You can manually unsubscribe yourself from emails, or you can use an app like Unroll.me to automate the process for you.

How about you? What concerns you the most when it comes to decluttering your email inbox? Which of the tips above will you try out? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.