So you decided you're going to get your email inbox down to empty every day in 2007. Problem is, you started with 500 unreads from 2006 on January 1st. Start out the year with a clean inbox without the fear of deleting anything you may later need.
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- Open your email program and create a new folder called "clean" (or, whatever you like)
- Go to your email inbox and Select All
- You might alternatively choose all email older than n days
- Drag those emails from your inbox into the clean folder
Then every day after, make sure your inbox is clean at the end of the day. Respond to emails you need to deal with and move those you need to keep for later reference to the appropriate folder.