You know that show, Hoarders, about people that just can’t let go of their cra… er… belongings, and end up being controlled by them? Well, I’m not one of them. I got no problem getting rid of things I don’t need. They usually ride with me inside the trunk of my Saab for miles and miles until one day I remember to drop them off at the Goodwill, but at least they are out of my house.
I am, however, an email hoarder.
I do not throw away emails. Ever. (Just take a look at my current usage. I’m going to need a plan B soon!). It has to be total crap or spam for me to send it to the trash. I have about a million folders and subfolders which help me keep organized.
Let’s say you are frantically looking for that PowerPoint presentation you made for your boss when you worked for that one company back in 2006, but because you are normal, you probably trashed it once you moved on to greener pastures. Or your computer crashed and you wished you’d saved that picture of your boyfriend when you had the chance. Well, if you ever sent it to me, you’re in luck, because there is a 98% chance I filed it under that cute little folder I created for you the first time we exchanged messages.
I often need to review work-related messages for my translation business, but I don’t make a habit of going back through my email history with friends. I just don’t have the heart to trash a message you sent me. For better or worse, those emails are part of my relationship with you, and getting rid of them feels wrong to me.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email with care.
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