Words of an email hoarder.


I’m writing this blog post reaching out for an intervention.  The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem, right?

Hello my name is Sharon and I am an email hoarder.  In all seriousness though I have got too many emails.  Sometimes I play with the idea of logging out of my email and never use it again – just create a new email address and start fresh!  I’ve had this email address since middle school though and I’ve got so many account linked to it.  I just have so many emails to sort through it’s ridiculous.

Over the years I’ve fooled myself into thinking that I’ve organized my emails by making folders and sorting them out that way.  I NEVER search through my folders for anything so why do I keep them?  For sentimental value? Come on Sharon get real.  This is like keeping junk mail or old christmas cards from the 3rd grade. Sometimes… you just have to learn to let go.  As you can see I am still trying to convince myself.

So in attempts to cleaning out my email box I’ve created one more folder. (I know I know I must beat the cycle and this is probably not the best way to handle it but hear my out.)  I named it “1. To be sorted through” – the number 1 is there is so that it’s at the very top of my folders list.  (I wasn’t kidding about the collection of folders I had!) OK so I’ve clicked select all and moved every single email that I had into that folder.  IF I do end up needing something I will just search for it.  Everyday I will dedicate 15 minutes to this folder and clear out as much of it as I can. I’m seriously going to set a timer and everything.  Everyday when I check my email I will unsubscribe to anything that is no longer applicable to me (or ever), answer any emails that come in that require responses, AND/OR DELETE.  No more storing and putting away unless it is an important document that I seriously need to have easy access to in the future.

Wish me luck!


6 thoughts on “Words of an email hoarder.

  1. Maddie June 12, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    I can say that I’ve never had a problem with hoarding e-mails. Most of the e-mails that I have, I end up deleting (the e-mails that don’t already end up in my junk mail box, anyway). There are only a couple that I end up responding to. There is only one e-mail I saved and I saved it because it was my receipt showing where I had paid for something. I kept it until I received the item I bought (just in case they tried to tell me I didn’t pay for the item). Once I received the item, I didn’t have a use for that e-mail though so I was able to get rid of it at that point in time.

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    • SPVF June 15, 2015 / 7:25 pm

      That’s awesome! Even after posting this I can still see my inbox piling up. I just need to keep practicing. Some habits are hard to break. lol Believe me, I would love to be more like you!


  2. ddoesmc June 13, 2015 / 9:05 am

    Good luck! I used to be like that and I may be creating a fresh email soon. I do like that you organize, that is the first step in the right direction. Sometimes it can be hard to quit something like that, but one day, you have to set a random password and never write it down.

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    • SPVF June 15, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      I don’t want to give up my email address. I just need to continue trashing everything as I handle them instead of keeping them for future reference.


  3. Dorthea June 17, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    Good write-up. I certainly appreciate this website.

    Stick with it!


  4. DanTheMan December 4, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    Honestly, if you wanna talk about e-mail hoarding…I have probably 3 active e-mail account’s that each get used for certain things most of which I do not tend to delete the e-mail’s off of. My Gmail is probably the worst one of them all though. I get so much e-mail daily from different things. However it could be worse…I have an old live account that I use for things I don’t wanna ever receive e-mail from and that one…that one is bad haha. I guess you could say I don’t really care 😛


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