Digital Clutter: E-Mails

Picture of a very tidy, umcluttered white desk with a laptop open to an empty screen. To the right of the laptop is a pen holder containing pencils. To the left is an empty off-white pottery vase, next to which is a solitary green plant leaf in a slim glass vase. In front of the vases is a small wooden carving of the @ sign. The workspace appears very organized and decluttered.

Last Updated on 10/04/2022

Digital clutter can weigh you down as much as physical stuff.

While I’ve only been qualifying actual physical clutter for my 30-day decluttering challenge, I have been growing more aware of the space digital clutter is occupying in my life and becoming less and less tolerant of marketing emails in particular.

It’s incredible how much time we spend every day deleting spam, newsletters, and product infos. I’m tired of it. A lot of folks simply ignore irrelevant emails and let them stack up, but I’ve always run my own mail server so I don’t want unwanted junk clogging up storage space. Plus, I’m a huge proponent of Getting Things Done and keeping all inboxes up to speed at 0 unread.

GIF of a distraught cat sitting in front of his laptop, rubbing his cheeks in frustration over all the digital clutter on his computer.
GIF by @gabelew

So far I’ve unsubscribed from a bunch of retailers’ and apps’ newsletters. They’re always shouting sale! discount! one-time offer!, but really: sales are always on everywhere nowadays. I’ll wait until I actually want or need something, and then hunt around for the best price and discount code myself.

How many marketing emails are you subscribed to?

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