I came across this interesting and well-written article from Unclutterer.com. I thought you might be interested in it.
I'm pretty Type A when it comes to personal and work emails, so I generally don't have a huge problem with an overflowing email inbox. But, I do know some people who are inbox hoarders. Admittedly, I do sometimes get busy and my inbox gets unruly, much like a neglected lawn will tend to get pretty scraggly if you don't mow it for a few weeks.
This article is pretty minimalist on the approach to email. It definitely encourages you to delete each email as soon as you identify the action item. This is a bit radical for me, but I think something to aspire to, or at least find a happy balance. If I'm being honest, I'll admit that of the emails I do save in subfolders thinking they'll come in handly some day, only 1-3% of those emails are ever referred to again.
My biggest take home from the article was the use of Evernote. Although, I could see someone moving their hoarding habit from email to Evernote. Still, it's a thoughtful way to stay more organized and in a "doing" mode.
Take a read and then let me know what you think in the comments below. Is it too extreme or sound advice? How do you manage your email inbox?