By Paige Schroeder
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of emails you’re receiving weekly or daily, especially from subscriptions. Luckily, you have a couple of options to declutter. You can do this the long way, or you can go for the fast and easy way.
If your emails are flooding, there’s a pretty good chance that subscriptions are the reason why. You may have subscribed to something years ago that you’re no longer interested in, but if you don’t go into the email and request to be removed from the mailing list, they’re just going to keep coming whether you read them or not. The good news is, it’s never too late to unsubscribe.
The first way to unsubscribe from unwanted subscriptions is to do it manually. This way can take a lot of time, especially if you have more than 20 subscriptions, but it is doable. Click through each subscription email, scroll to the bottom and click “update preferences” or “unsubscribe”. Go through the prompts until you get a notification saying that you’re preferences have been updated or you’re successfully unsubscribed.
TIP: Make a note of every subscription you unsubscribe from so that you don’t have to go through each email one by one. Again, this option can take a lot of time, but it is definitely doable, especially if you’re not very tech-savvy.
The second and faster way to unsubscribe from unwanted subscriptions is to use an email subscription manager like UnRoll.Me.
UnRoll.Me is an email manager that helps to manage your subscriptions and junk mail. The rollup system also organizes the subscriptions you do want to keep into their own categories, which of course makes life a lot easier. To get started, follow these steps:
- Search UnRoll.Me in your App Store (available for IOS and Android)
- Open the app, click signup, and enter the email address you want to manage
- Follow the tutorial on how to use the app
The Six Degrees Society leadership team also deals with a high volume of emails – and have freed up their time and money by unsubscribing.
EMILY MERRELL: I unsubscribe to stay focused. I’m a sucker for clickbait stories and go down a long and unnecessary rabbit hole.
LIZ ROBERTS: A few months ago, I unsubscribed from all retail emails to cut down on spending. “SALE” at the top of an email has always drawn me in…by eliminating the option, I’ve saved a lot of money that can be used for experiences instead of more stuff.
ASHLEY SALAMANCA: I unsubscribe to help keep my priorities in focus. I often make the “well-intentioned” decision to opt-in for content and offers from organizations that can help me grow. However, there’s only so much time in the day to learn ALL the things, so I frequently have to do an inbox assessment to remind myself what is important to me right now and what can be tackled later (sorry, typography tutorials…)
HARPER EDGCUMBE: In the spirit of ‘Marie Kondo-ing’ everything in my life, I’m unsubscribing from emails to declutter my inbox and increase productivity. Usually, the first thing to go is my beloved retail newsletters. I still love you GILT… always and forever.
JULIA BAILEY: I unsubscribe because I don’t need another email telling me I need to try the latest and buzziest wellness trend…especially when I know I’m not going to do it. Or that I need to buy a $300 sweater that I definitely do NOT need!
Email subscriptions can pile up pretty fast and become overwhelming if you’re not keeping up with them. However, you can choose to remove your email from an emailing list at any time using the options mentioned above. To keep your emails decluttered, you may want to consider going through this process every 3 months, depending on how often you sign up to new subscriptions.