If you’re tired of an inbox that’s overflowing with mail, you’ll want to read blogger Darren Rowse’s account of how he managed to go from 10,000 inbox messages to zero in a matter of 24 hours.

He started by routing all his e-mail accounts through Gmail, then made good use of Gmail’s label and filtering features to organize and/or eliminate messages. He also engaged in “merciless unsubscribing” of newsletters and “agressive archiving” of old mail.

Obviously this approach hinges on Gmail, which is suitable for small-biz users but probably not for corporate types. A home-office denizen myself, I use a similar method, but I’ve had some trouble getting Outlook to get along with Gmail’s IMAP servers. What about you? Do you have a killer solution for keeping your inbox neat and tidy? If so, we’d love to hear about it.

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