Wow, great responses on how to handle “filing” emails. Yes, the old “move it and it’s gone forever” problem is a challenge. Just like paper files, though, there is a difference between
A. put it somewhere (file or elsewhere) that requires further action by you and
B. Need to save it for reference, but requires no action. Just need to be able to find it later if the need arises.
C. Need to save it for a long time or forever, even though I almost never use or look at it.
I have a model for thinking of your information in these 3 layers that might help. (When I say “files”, that is really just a shorthand for information storage. )
Take a look at this document, which might help. http://www.heartworkorg.com/Documents/how_not_to_drown_in_paper_as_a_new_business_owner.doc Although written for small business owners, even if you are taking care of your household business, I consider that a business. Hopefully there’s at least one new insight in there for you.