Many people are of the belief that they need to keep all their emails because “you just never know when you might need something”. Reality is that most people never use 80% of what they file away. That means you could get rid of 80% of your stored information with no ramifications.
I used to be one of those people who saved everything. A “keeper”. However, it contributed to my overloaded inbox, among other things. About a year ago, I made a conscious decision to throw away most of my stored information. I was a little nervous at first, but in the end felt much “lighter”. Not to mention, my inbox was far more manageable with fewer folders.
Now I’m much more selective about what I store and what I throw away. Furthermore, I go through my stored information every six months to re-evaluate whether I still need to keep it.
In my opinion, there is no reason to file away all your emails. Get rid of them! It’s liberating!