Get Organized in 5 Minutes: Create an x-Delete Email Folder


Here’s something you can do to get better organized – and it’ll take you just 5 minutes!

Create an x-Delete Email Folder

  1. Create a new folder in your email program.
  2. Name it x-Delete – the ‘x’ moves the folder to the bottom of your folder list.
  3. Put any emails you don’t need, but are nervous about deleting, into this folder.
  4. You can periodically empty this folder by deleting the contents.

And you’re done!

Now you can keep your inbox clear – without fear!

Remember: 1. Move fast. 2. Don’t overthink. 3. Feel great about getting organized!

Start the 5-minute timer now.

7 thoughts on “Get Organized in 5 Minutes: Create an x-Delete Email Folder

  1. Vuka says:

    OMG! I just used abt. 2h to clean one my inboxes, still many to go. But I started 🙂
    1162 deleted emails!!! Should I mention that many of them were not read? I unsubscribed from tone of junk-mails that were overflowing my inbox. And I realized that I was “choking” in emails and I was avoiding to open/check than account, because I know what chaos is in there.
    THANK YOU MICHELE, you are such an inspiration!!!

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  3. Sherra says:

    Great idea. I do a modified version of that. I have my Outlook set to not automatically empty my deleted items folder – I empty it manually. So once a month or so I go to that folder & tell Outlook to empty it. I also have tons of rules set up to automatically sort emails as they come in. Clients each have their own sub-folder under a parent “Clients” folder (so I can easily collapse that folder to see my other folders), social media notifications are sent to their own folders (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), Yahoo Groups I get individual emails for have their own folder, etc. I also have a folder & rule for “promotional” emails – you know, those “sale” emails I get from places I shop & want to get discount & coupon notices for. That allows me to glance over the subject lines once a week or so & have the coupon codes when I need them. I can also do a mass delete every so often.

  4. Jen says:

    I also have a Jokes folder and a filter (or rule, depending on your email application) that automatically sends anything with an “fw” in the subject line to this folder.

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