Old tech inevitably pile up as we struggle to keep up with the Joneses.
This becomes somewhat worrisome, as you’d be greeted by old, broken and worn out TVs, microwave ovens, video game consoles, laptops and mobile phones whenever you open the drawer or look at the garage. That, and the proprietary cables, cords, remotes and adapters that you won’t recognize in a years’ time.
Eventually, time comes that you’d not want to see the same mess over and over again. Or maybe you’re moving house, doing spring cleaning or making space for a new room or even a newer electronic gadget.
The question remains- how can you get rid of old tech in the quickest and most efficient manner? More importantly, how can you keep what’s going to be useful (or worth a lot of money!) and what you should get rid of as soon as possible?
As the wise men say, the start of a thousand-mile journey begins with a single step. Let’s get the decluttering process started.
Gather ‘Em All Up
What should you get rid of? Really, the first thing you should do is to round up all your old gadgets and their wires, remotes or cables and put them all on a table for an initial inspection.
Phones, Chargers and Cables
You will want to check and see if the old phones and chargers tucked in your drawers are still working and functional. Label them according to their devices so you’ll know which is which. Now, direct your attention to the cables and remotes. Throw away the ones that aren’t working and those that have exposed wires.
At the end of the process, you will have leftover wires and adapters that aren’t paired up. We’re all familiar with that “where does this wire plug into?” kind of dilemma, but it’s quite easy to solve. For the ones you know you’ll need for later, put them all in a box or Ziploc bag and label accordingly.
These bags won’t stay forever, though. After 6 months and if these Ziplocs are still unopened, then it’s time to get rid of them. Do this mini-cleaning process every year and you won’t get tangled up with all those wires.
Video Game Discs, PC CDs and DVDs
Console games can easily pile up, from CDs to DVDs to Blu-ray. Discs, however small, take up space, and a lot of them take up a lot of space!
Open up your DVD and CD binders and rifle through them one by one. For CD installers, do you still have the hardware? If not, then throw them in the bin. If you still have the equipment to go with the installer, check online and see if they’re available. These installation files are more often than not available on the manufacturer’s website. So there’s really no excuse to keep them.
Nowadays, it’s quite common for printers, scanners and similar hardware to be of the “plug and play” variety. This means that when you insert the USB, micro-USB or the Type C cable into a computer, the operating system recognizes it and installs the necessary software for it to work.
Mice and Keyboards
Any modern household is likely to have a mice and keyboard that’s gathering up dust. Do a quick inventory and check all of them to see if they’re working. For ones that have minor issues, such as a stuck or worn out key or mouse click, it’s probably better to throw them out than put up with the impairment.
Other Devices And Accessories
Do the same for old remotes, stereo parts and antennas, for example. Old radios, sound system and speakers should be thoroughly checked and evaluated so they can become useful again (re-used) or given as hand-me-downs to friends, neighbours or nephews.
After all this, you should have a small pile of tech gadgets you want to get rid of. Here are 3 ways on how you can do so.
Phones, laptops, consoles and antique electronics may still be worth something to someone. List them on online marketplaces such as Craigslist, eBay or Amazon and you might just get some of your money back. If you don’t have time to wait for or an interested buyer, you can try selling those old iPhone and Android devices to an online facility and recoup some of the value.
Opt To Trade-In
You can also trade them in for newer techs such as iPads, laptops and current-gen videogame consoles and titles. Apple, Samsung, Motorola and many retail shops offer some form of trade-in program for mobile phones and other gadgets.
Instead of throwing out your broken TVs or computers and filling up landfills, why not do mother earth some good and recycle? These old electronics may still have some useful components technicians can use to repair other devices. Moreover, you can get cash back for phones or tablets that don’t power on, have cracked screens, etc.
Bring all your old, working tech and appliances to the local church, charity drive or organization and you’ll be helping your community. Schools, non-profits or shelters may still have a use for outdated models of gadgets and electronics.
Finding time to declutter will not only help with organization and having a nicer-looking home, but you’ll feel better and have some extra cash in your pocket at the same time. Just don’t forget to back up data on your old gadgets, i.e., laptops, phones and tablets and erase them prior to selling, recycling or donating.
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