Let’s be honest here, there are two kinds of people in the world, those who keep their box clean and the others who are overflowing. I have well over 40k emails in my combined accounts. If you have ever thought, man I’d like to clean out the trash here are easy tips to do so.

  1. Sign up for browser extensions.  There are several Gmail extensions that can help you.  Unroll.me lets you unsubscribe from several email lists at once.  Checker Plus lets you delete and respond to emails without even opening your email.  And Boomerang can remind you of important messages you still need to respond to.
  2. Respond to important messages when they come in.  Yes, it’s easy to put off responding, especially if that unread email is just one of the thousands.  But you should get in the habit of just responding when it comes in.
  3. Use the search feature.  Chances are you have several unread emails from the same sender.  So use the search tool.  For example, if you search for “LinkedIn,” you might get hundreds of results you can easily delete at once.
  4. Unsubscribe from lists.  If you’ve signed up for too many newsletters and other lists, start unsubscribing to them as they come in.  That will keep your inbox nice and tidy going forward.