Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

My name is Dawn and I’m an email hoarder


I know I have a hard time throwing things away, especially if there’s even the most remote connection to someone or some event that I enjoy. Just look around my house and you’ll know I have a little problem.

But I’ve just discovered I’m an email hoarder too.

This week I got a warning from the god of gmail telling me that I was almost out of space and I either had to make space or buy more space. I didn’t know there was a limited amount of storage in gmail land, but the notice did remind me that lately I haven’t been keeping up and whole days go by when I don’t read or delete them.

Maybe, if I’m honest, several days of any given month go by with unread and unsorted messages.

Oh I’m not ignoring all of you. Well. I guess I am sort of. I do scan the list of emails daily, looking for a imminent crisis or a class I might enjoy, or an invitation to something fun, or a catchy blog post title.

Even then I sometimes just star it so I can find it later.

So I wasn’t that surprised to look at my gmail account and see I had over 9,000 emails sitting there taking up space. I figured if I hadn’t gone back to read them and nothing terrible had fallen out of the sky to dampen my day I could just delete a few thousand of them without looking.

I find it’s easier to toss things out if I don’t look.

So for the past few days I’ve been deleting, in batches of 100 because I don’t want to delete all 9000 emails – there are more recent ones I might want to read. Really. But then I realized that all of these ‘deleted’ emails were sitting in the TRASH, and my numbers of stored messages wasn’t going down, it was just getting reorganized.

The warning at the top of my email account said one of the ways I might lighten the load was to empty the trash. Sure. But I couldn’t find TRASH in the long list of stuff on the left. And I didn’t have the patience to dink around looking. I remembered from a long time ago that you had to do something more than just scroll, but I couldn’t remember exactly what.

So I kept deleting from the back of my email list and figured eventually the gmail garbage truck would come by and empty my trash.

But this morning I got mad looking at that warning, so I sat down with a cup of tea and a buch of determination and asked the internet – “Where is the trash in my gmail, and how the heck do I empty it?”

That internet is so smart! It popped right up with the answer, as it appears I am not the only one that couldn’t figure this out. I had 8,000 items in my trash which I quickly deleted permanently. The message warning me about space restrictions is gone.

And my tea isn’t even cold yet.

But I have to say if Google wasn’t trying to sell everybody more space don’t you think TRASH wouldn’t be hidden? Shame on you Google. Taking out the trash shouldn’t have been such an effort.

Even for this technically challenged senior citizen.

I put this pretty picture here as a reward for slogging through my rant. 🙂

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

14 thoughts on “My name is Dawn and I’m an email hoarder

  1. Lol, I am just the opposite. I go through and toss stuff because i don’t want a cluttered inbox. And my gmail is set to delete trash after 30 days, so it continuously empties stuff that is 30 days old.


    • Supposedly my trash is set to empty automatically too, but I don’t think it is, because there were 8000 items in there, and I had only manually deleted about 3,000. No way I have trashed another 5000 emails accidentally during the last 30 days.


  2. NINE THOUSAND??? At least you’ve given me a good laugh this morning, Dawn. I’m pretty obsessive when it comes to clearing out my email, perhaps because I have four separate accounts to check! You’re right though — they probably enjoy selling more space to customers who don’t make the time for spring-cleaning!


  3. I should be ashamed to admit this but I currently have almost 15,000 emails sitting in my gmail account, most of them blog related because I’ve gotten so far behind that I’m ignoring almost everything (including my own blog). I am going to join you and start deleting everything. I need to start over. 🙂


  4. Tsk, tsk, tsk. That’s plenty of e-mails from god knows since when. Didn’t realize Gmail gives you a warning. I’m still in the old system Hotmail. Try Death Cleaning every week. Really, no use in keeping the emails, you can always google some of the info.


  5. Heh! I’m the opposite ~ a compulsive deleter. And then a couple days later I’m like oh shoot, why didn’t I save that?

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  6. I’m like some of the others here – I go through my mail every morning, and again later in the day. I first delete stuff I don’t care about – and occasionally go through a bout of unsubscribing – and if something I think I want to read stays in the inbox more than a couple of days, I decide I’m probably not going to read it, and out it goes. Not trash is set to empty every 30 days, but I haven’t checked it lately. Perhaps I should do that.

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  7. Email..oh how quaint…do people still use that 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁 I thought everything was Facebook, Twitter and instagram now.


  8. I thought my 5900 needed attention…but thanks to you I know I can ignore it a bit longer! 😂


  9. Lois is my name. Minimalism is my game. I save nothing. The way you are doing it is the only way–Don’t read it. Just delete it.


  10. 🙂 I need to do that also…glad you got it done! You did make me smile:)


  11. I hate doing the email cleaning. I finally figured out how to delete more than 100 at a time on Gmail. You scroll down before you check delete all as far as you scroll is how many will be deleted. It is a lot more fun to take pictures and be outdoors than clean out the email LMBO…


  12. Maybe if Gmail would delete them when I delete them off one device there wouldn’t be so many email in the gmail cloud.

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  13. I’ve had to look it up too. 9000 is some number!!!


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