I’m not sure how it happened, but my inbox looks like something that could be featured on A&E’s TV show “Hoarders.” Mixed in with email I care about are mountains of missives from long-lost companies I once did business with, ancient newsletters and long forgotten social-network updates.

New inbox management apps promise to turn the tide on the daily deluge of email that has your inbox bursting at the seams. Each of these options is free and works with popular email services Gmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL. These new email managers each work differently, but ultimately help you focus on what is important and avoid what’s not.

Mailbox

First up is Dropbox-owned Mailbox, a slick email client for iPhones and iPads that helps you streamline your Gmail account one swipe at a time. Mailbox looks similar to the standard Apple Mail client but has much better tools for managing your inbox.

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