Is It Time for a Tech Purge?

By Megan Morrow
Published January 24, 2019


Like everything else, technology changes and evolves, yet we often find ourselves hanging on to old cords or printers “just in case.” If you find yourself awash in technology that you no longer use or need, winter is a great time for a tech purge: You can donate, recycle or toss these items, reducing clutter and simplifying your technological life.

Where to start

Taking the time to inventory whether you have extra devices and cords is the perfect place to start. Sort through your drawers, closets and office to unearth anything that you no longer recognize or use on a regular basis. If something has been gathering dust for a year or more, it should likely make its way out of your house or office.

The most common items to purge include cables that you no longer use, particularly those that are frayed, as well as adapters that no longer suit your current smart phone. If you are keeping a VCR or even a DVD player, but typically watch movies and shows on Amazon or Netflix, now might be the time to clear out or donate this older technology.

Do you have an old desktop or laptop from a previous job (or century)? A game console that your kids have long outgrown? Or a camera that has been supplanted by your phone’s nice option? Finally, if you are still storing something that is broken, make space in your closet and your life by letting it go.

Where to take everything

This can be an even more challenging, but worthwhile, step in your purge.

Sort your unused technology into piles that include:

  • Items to donate. If you have newer gadgets, you can donate them to a local non-profit, church or neighbor in need. You may also be able to sell these items, if you prefer.
  • Items to recycle. Both Best Buy and Target offer tech recycling programs (you may even get a small gift card in return), and you can research other local options online. You may be able to recycle items like phones, TVs, DVD players, cameras, appliances and ink cartridges.
  • Items to toss. Anything that is hard to identify or that is clearly broken beyond repair may belong in the garbage; check to determine your city’s policy on disposing large items or technology, since there may be particular days for collection.

Sometimes we cling to things, not because we need or even want them, but because we develop an attachment, struggle to let go of big-ticket items or simply forget they are taking up space in a corner somewhere. Starting with a tech purge this season will make it that much easier to clean out your closets come spring.

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