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Good Housekeeping habits for your Gmail Inbox

Updated on February 9, 2013

I love Simone Smith (her profile is here). She comes up with lots of good ideas. And this week, her weekend housekeeping (read it in her forum here) activity gave us another inspirational topic to write about! Many hubbers have come up with many exiting and good tips, with ideas as varied as: Green cleaning laundry to household cleaning under a budget to organic cleaning.

All of them are interesting and can be put into use effectively in a h ousehold.

Everyone is talking about good housekeeping habits. Should those good habits be limited to your closet, or bathroom or kitchen? Well, shouldn’t you develop good housekeeping habits for your other homes – like your INBOX, your FACEBOOK, your TWITTER, your DESKTOP or your LAPTOP?

Here are some useful quick tips for all some of these...

Gmail Inbox. Keep it empty!

I am sure many of you will be having chocking INBOX. When I first got my Gmail, there were not many emails then. Now there is flood of emails hitting my INBOX. One day I sat through to clean my inbox. After reading several tips and tweaking my imagination, I developed a habit of keeping my inbox clean (read: empty). Here I am sharing a few housekeeping habits to keep your Gmail Inbox clean.

Check your old email first. After logging into Gmail, one checks new email! Often that is the reason why one has logged in. DO NOT CHECK YOUR NEW EMAIL. First pay attention to emails which you have been postponing for quite some time.

If an email needs some action or a reply later, then move the email to ‘action’ label (you can create label, name it “action”). Before labelling it to Action, make a note in to-do-list.

If an email is lengthy and can be read later, move to ‘read later’ label. During your free time, you can go to this label, and read through the emails.

Rest of the email in your inbox, and emails you have already responded can be archived. No additional labels are required. Gmail is good enough to search any email should need to find a particular email.

You can immediately trash any friendly email forwards or junk emails. Don’t spend much time on those junks...

Read; take a decision and dispose of your email, one at time. Open one email at a time, and take a call on what to do with that email. As explained above, you have only three options, label it “action”, or “read later” or archive.

Second most important tip is to keep very few labels (or folders). You can create labels easily in Gmail. Don’t create too many. In fact, I would suggest creating just two: (1) Action & (2) Read Later.

A CLEAN, empty INBOX can very refreshing.

That’s all folks for now. For good housekeeping your desktop or laptop would require a separate hubpage. So watch out this space for the same.

If you have some more housekeeping tips for Gmail, leave them at the comments section at the end of this hubpage.

Comments: Add your Good Housekeeping Tips for Gmail InBox!

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      davson 3 years ago

      am looking for domestic worker hard working

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      SA Shameel 5 years ago from Bangalore

      thanks alocsin for leaving your comments.

      I am glad, the hub is useful to you. and thanks again for voting up and marking it useful.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Good advice, which I need to follow to tame my unruly Inbox. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      SA Shameel 6 years ago from Bangalore

      OMG... SIMONE SMITH herself visited my hub and commented. It is great, and still I am held in awe!

      And yes, come back to senses, yes dear Simone Smith we spend lot of our time online. And We should all keep our online profiles or home neat and clean.

      @tammyswallow thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. Hope you facebook is clean by now...

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Hahaa, this is a subject I'm particularly passionate about, zanaworld! Because we spend so much of our time online, I think it is just as important that we keep our online environments clean as it is that we keep our offline environments clean. Your tips are very helpful, and I also advocate the use of the priority inbox and keyboard shortcuts in Gmail. They've saved me a world of hassle!

      Also, thanks for the compliment!

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Those are helpful solutions, especially the Facebook ideas. Time to spring clean! Thanks!

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      SA Shameel 6 years ago from Bangalore

      @Millionaire Tips: glad that you found my hub helpful. You must clean your inbox immediately. Once I used to have 1000's msgs in in inbox. It took nearly a week's time to clean them all, and now I see to it that my inbox is empty - at least once in week.

      @K9keystrokes: thanks.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Great tips and ideas!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      This is a very helpful hub. Clutter in the inbox needs to be taken care of as much as clutter in the house. I have more than a thousand messages in my inbox now!