Not in my house, but my in-box.
Happily, as a gmail user, I can just dump all the old mail in "archive" and achieve the much-desired status of "Inbox=Zero". But that doesn't remedy the incredible amount of crap email I receive on a daily basis. And I can assure you, that it is, in fact, incredible.
So I pitched everything (4k+ unread emails, never mind all the read ones) into archive on Sunday and have been attending to my email inbox on an almost hourly basis ever since. Every email that comes in, I'm mentally reviewing,
- Do I shop here? (ridiculous numbers of web-stores flood my in-box daily)
- If yes, will I shop here, with or without the email alerts?
- If you answer #2 with "Only if I get the email alerts," reconsider #1; If you answer with "Yes," unsubscribe: you can always search for deals when you want them (that is why sites like "Retail Me Not" exist, after all...)
- Do I *actually WANT* email from this organization? If not, dump 'em.
- When in doubt, unsubscribe.
I've unsubscribed to no fewer than 30 email lists in the last three days. THIRTY. That's ridiculous, now, isn't it? This stuff creeps up on you. If I weren't on vacation, I wouldn't have time to dedicate to undoing this awful electronic clutter.
Sometimes, I consider just abandoning my email addy and starting fresh. Have you ever done that? Just abandoned ship on your junk email? It makes me kind of nervous...
So here I sit...on my cell phone, finding the miniature "unsubscribe" links at the very bottom of the tiny fine print that concludes all advertising emails, clicking through and unsubscribing to as much as possible before I go blind for the tiny font...