Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Decluttering my electronic life

Day 19 of 31
I got an email from the network administrator at work today politely asking us to do some email housekeeping.  While they haven't enforced any mailbox limits, the server space is starting to dwindle.  At the end of the email, he noted that a suggest limit is 50mb.  I checked my limit, I had over 900mb - egads, he could have called me out by name.

So once I got started, it became pretty easy to delete old emails.  Older than 2012, definitely delete.  Items from the year 2012, definitely delete those, too.  2013, mostly keep, but delete some of those, too.  In about 20 minutes, I got my mailbox down to 20mb, which felt great. 

A few weeks ago, a friend posted on facebook about unsubscribing to stores and their coupon emails.  What a great idea, I did that too.  Things at Kohl's are always on sale, so I don't need 3 or 4 extra emails a day. 

I take a million pictures and used to keep everything (mostly at my husbands instance) but lately, I've started deleting duplicates, blurry ones, etc.  For the most part, if I don't want to post it on my flickr page, I delete.   I still have half a million, but it's a little less overwhelming. 

I feel better now than I did 30 minutes ago, who knew the day could change that easily?


  1. Ah, deleting! If life were so easy to clean up. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Well done. Sometimes (not often enough) I take time and clean my e-mail inbox. By magic (not really) the inbox starts filling again. Photos - this task seems too daunting.

  3. Cleaning and purging anything is always a worthwhile task. Good for you!