A Decluttering Project to do Sitting On Your Derriere: Conquering Inbox Clutter

Ok, this title may not rank me in SEO but I kind of liked it and hope it caught your attention. I don’t know about your email inbox, but mine has been exploding with mail like Gremlins in water.  A cluttered inbox stresses me out so I have to stay on top of it. Here are two TIPS to CONQUERING INBOX CLUTTER.

My attention span is about 5 seconds and maybe yours is, too, so I’ll make this short and sweet.

I recommend setting a timer and working between 5-15 minutes each time you do a declutter session. Challenge yourself to see how many messages you can get out of the inbox. Can you delete or file another 10? another 20? It’s almost like a fitness challenge, you know, can you do one more crunch?  If yes, great.  If no, do another round later.

STEP 1=Delete

See how many emails you can delete.  For example, I’ll easily delete advertisements, old reminders, weekly bulletins, and messages of outdated Zoom meetings.

STEP 2 = Create Files

Just like a paper filing system you need a paperless filing system.  If you have a lot of mail from the same person or category you want to save create a file with that name.  Examples of my files: Work from Teacher Esti,  Correspondence with Dr. G, e-cards from Mom, notes from Dad, photos, Klutter Koach new posts (gotta save those of course!), reference articles for parents of special needs kids, Pesach 2020, etc.  When I want to save anything in these categories, after clicking on the email I click ‘move to (name of the category) and away it goes from my inbox to my files.

My biggest category is called ‘MESSAGES TO KEEP’.  This is a place I send mail that I’m not ready to delete and doesn’t have a specific file.  It can tend to get big but I want my inbox small. This is my proverbial “What if I need it?” space. Periodically I do a big declutter session of what’s no longer relevant.


If you have a Facebook account, did you know you can save and file posts?  You make categories and put saved posts there.  This was a recent discovery and it’s been a game-changer.  I love the feature ‘On This Day’ which is what I posted on that date in the past.  I recently created a file called Passover Memories where I’m filing the yearly photos from previous years.  I did the same with Purim and now I have a virtual album of my kids’ Purim costumes from previous years all in one place.  Examples of other files I have are labeled Flowers, Nostalgia, Funny, and Memories.

My newest category is called Corona.  It’s all the reference articles, activities for kids, links to Zoom concerts, funny memes, and positive advice.

When it comes to categories, the sky’s the limit.  Putting posts into categories puts you in control of your time and helps stop endless scrolling.

So just in case you skimmed this article I’ll summarize:  1) Delete 2) Create Files. The end.

Thanks for reading.  Stay in and stay safe.

Karen, The Klutter Koach

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Published by Karen Furman

Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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