Friday, April 6, 2012


By Heather

I have a few email accounts. Over the past year, I’ve been trying to combine accounts, but it’s proven harder to do than I thought. With two names, a personal account, and various website’s a bit overwhelming.

One of the reasons why it’s so overwhelming is because I’m an email hoarder. That’s right, I admit it. I hoard emails. I have dozens of files. Hundreds of saved emails. So deleting an account means having to go through all those, deciding which to keep and which to get (gasp) rid of.

Well, AOL helped me out this week. I signed on to my personal account the other day, and AOL said it had “updated” me. Before that point, I’d had 53 emails in my inbox and a dozen or so folders.

After the update, I had over 5,000 emails in my inbox.



AOL had put every email I’d ever received and written over the past two years back in my inbox. The good news is that the “update” didn’t touch my folders—so they were safe. But the 53 emails I had in my inbox were now impossible to find. I ended up deleting everything. A complete wipeout.

So now, I have zero emails in that inbox. I’ve been keeping up with ones coming in. I’ll probably keep this account, because I’ve had it for fifteen years, but I’m still trying to consolidate some of the others...but I really hope none of those “update” on me. Don’t know if I can handle that again.

Are you an email hoarder? Or do you stay on top of them?


Katreader said...

I'm a definite hoarder. I also have more than 1 account. The one for my lists and ads and such even has e-mails I haven't opened!

Mirjam said...

Definitely a hoarder! I keep thinking I should clear out my inbox, but it's not really a task I am looking forward to. :) I am really glad I do not have an aol account and sincerely hope none of the others will have a similar update or I will go nuts!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Oh, I'm so glad I'm not alone in my hoarding! I have friends who clean out inboxes every night. I really don't know how they do it. I'm always thinking I might need the information, one way or another. Crazy, I know.
Maybe I need therapy?

Aurian said...

Lol, I also keep emails way longer than necessary, and have lots of folders. I have only two accounts, and my gmail sends everything to my hotmail. Which means I read my hotmail, and then delete everything in the gmail. Unless ofcourse there is a mail I have to answer via my gmail. My gmail has been made for everything to do with books, my blog, and the blogs I follow :)

Leann Sweeney said...

I have 3 e-mail accounts and, like you, dozens of folders. I thought I was organized. Sort of. If Hotmail put all my e-mails into my inbox, I think I'd stroke out. I couldn't' wipeout!

Aimee Hix said...

I only horde for a year just in case. Emails about the Doll I save forever.

And I do still have some emails from my mom.

So yes, I am a horder.

Sara Rosett said...

I hate those unexpected updates...always takes me forever to figure out the new system. I have three email accounts and more folders than I want to think about!

Dru said...

I'm not a hoarder. I would be one of those friends who empties out my inbox and sent mail box every night.

Emails that I want to keep, I save and put on my external hard drive.

Rita B said...

Am I the ONLY ONE who reads the email and deletes it??? If it's something I need to do or remember I put it in a folder. But I go thru them and either keep a bit longer or delete them. No I'm not a neat-nick. Just don't like holding on to something that has now use any more.

Lizzie said...

At work, I have to stay on top or our IT guru gets on me! At's another story! I currently have three accounts, four now, but I really only keep up with one relatively. But all totaled, we're talking an EASY 5000 or more emails!

Heather Blake Webber said...

I'm determined to whittle down some accounts this weekend. It's amazing how much stuff (important stuff) I have online. Need to print some of that out!

Linda McDonald said...

I try to stay on top of them, but recently I've been so busy with school that they have been piling up. I'll get to them eventually and when I do I delete, delete, delete....but there are always keepers that I for sure can't get rid of.