Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Getting the Weeds Out of Your Inbox

Is your inbox teeming with email from lists you have little or no recollection how you got on them (the LifeEdited newsletter being an obvious exception)? Going through every email and unsubscribing can be tedious. For some lists, we might want to stay subscribed, but not want frequent emails clogging up our inbox. A service called Unroll.me has an elegant solution. They will find every list you’re subscribed to (this author was singed up to 195!) and allow you to easily unsubscribe, or you can stay subscribed but wrap updates into a “Rollup”–another word for a daily digest email.

Unroll.me is available for Outlook.com (including Hotmail, MSN, & Windows Live), Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, and iCloud. Gmail and Outlook do not require login information as they use authentication services. Other email clients use an encrypted login through Unroll.me.

The service is free, though to get more than five unsubscribes requires you to tweet, like on Facebook or send invites to four friends–none of which feels shady since the service is actually useful.

Email inboxes can thwart even the best minimalist’s attempts at streamlining his life. You can get rid of every extraneous physical possessions, only find an inbox with 7607 emails in your inbox (my current total). Unroll.me helps keep your inbox in check while staying connected to the news and services you find interesting.

  • Christopher Tilley

    Wow, ran this and discovered that I had over 700 subscriptions. I eliminated almost 2/3rds of them and move the majority of the rest into a roll up.

    I kept life edited, of course.

    Am looking forward to a quieter inbox.

    Thanks for sharing

  • Ilana

    I had almost 300. And I KNOW I already unsubscribed from some of them. Anyway, hope it works!

  • DianaBGKY

    I’ve been blocking them, but I might try this…

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