How do you manage not drowning in stuff?
May 22, 2012 6:05 AM Subscribe
Do you save email? Bigger, philosophical question inside..
posted by bellastarr to society & culture (40 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
As I was going through my gmail account this morning deleting various messages and not deleting others, it occurred to me why I was saving any of the emails I've already read and responded to at all. (These is a personal email account, not a work account.)
For instance, an email from a friend saying his wife was retiring from teaching I decided to save, while another one that was a "we really enjoyed our night out at that restaurant with you" type thanks email I deleted... Why should I save or delete either? Will I read them at some point 20 years from now? There will be too many to read and, why would I want to anyway? I used to save handwritten letters from friends and family, though I'm not sure why now. I never open them up to read now.
It just seems there is too much "stuff" now to try to maintain all of it for some supposed future date when I will have more time - that will never happen!
I used to visit older relatives at their home where the place was pretty spartan: few photographs, fewer books, minimal furniture etc. I used to think the place was kind of barren but as I've grown older I'm beginning to think they had the right idea of having pared down and not an accumulation of "stuff".
What do you do? How do you manage the glut of email, and more generally, stuff that you are interested in?