If you’re like most people, you probably have a good number of electronic devices and all of the assorted accessories that go with them. You may have everything from CD players to old phone chargers. Most people don’t even bother to try to figure out what the various cables they have to go to – they just shove them in a drawer or box. This leads to a large amount of clutter and unneeded items taking up space.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take much time or work to keep your electronics organized. Here are seven different tips that can help you organize, store, and declutter your various electronics.
1. Purge What You Don’t Need
The first step of any organization is to get rid of things you don’t need. Go through all those boxes, drawers, and cabinets that contain electronics, cables, and everything that goes with them. Look at what you have. Then answer this important question:
Do you need it?
If you don’t, why are you keeping this? This is especially true with anything that’s broken or incredibly outdated. Even if you planned to fix the item, if you haven’t done so within a year, you likely never will. Do you really need to hold on to your old flip phone or that VHS player? You’ll likely never use them again, so why allow them to take up your valuable space. Remember that smartphones and tablets have replaced many single-function devices such as MP3 players and digital cameras.
You can apply the basic rule for decluttering: if you haven’t touched it within the past year, you don’t need it.
2. Safely Dispose of Items
Many electronics contain components that cannot be safely thrown in the trash, but you don’t want to allow them to clutter up your garage or closet. Many cities have a dedicated place to dispose of your old electronics, so check into that. Certain businesses also offer recycling programs for old cell phones and other devices.
If you have old electronics that are still usable, consider donating them to a charity. There are organizations out there that take old phones and provide them to battered women in need or veterans who cannot afford them.
3. Designate an Electronic Storage Location
Rather than cramming cords and devices into whatever cabinet or drawer is handy, set aside one area to store all of your devices, cords, and other accessories. Make sure it’s convenient and that you can fit all of your devices in the assigned space. Also, remember that the items you use regularly may need to stay on your desk or in another location. There’s no sense in putting your e-reader in the drawer if you’re going to use it daily.
Make sure there’s enough space to store everything you need plus a little room to grow, but don’t leave too much extra room. That only encourages you to keep items you don’t need.
4. Organize Your Devices by Type or Use
Before you start organizing, sort all of your devices into categories. These categories might include computer equipment, high-resolution camera equipment, and daily-use devices.
Once you’ve sorted your devices, match each one with its cord, charger, and other accessories. This way, you’ll be able to weed out any spare cables you don’t need.
Put each item into a container or space on a shelf. Having a designated space for everything will help you keep your items organized and will help you keep track of each device’s accessories. It can help to label all of these containers or areas so you always know what belongs there. For small items such as headphones, use zipper bags to keep them from getting lost.
Cables can be a pain to store, but you can use items such as twist-ties to keep them from tangling or getting damaged.
5. The Space Should be Safe and Efficient
Electronic devices are incredibly sensitive to moisture, extreme heat/cold, and direct sunlight. Make sure wherever you’re storing your equipment is safe and dry.
Also, go through devices you don’t regularly use and remove batteries, ink cartridges, and other items that could be potentially hazardous. Anything that could spill, leak, or start a fire should be removed and stored in bags or in other locations where the temperature is better regulated.
6. Have a Charging Station
For items that you use regularly, you may want to collect all of the cables and create a charging station. This way, you have all of the chargers in one place, making it harder to lose them. Put these charging stations in convenient locations. For your power tools, you might want the chargers kept in the garage. For your phone and tablet, having the charger by your bed is a good idea.
There are a number of different ways you can create these charging stations. A number of companies sell charging docks and wall-mounted holders for your devices. You can also create your own charging station by searching online for ideas.
7. Have a List
Once you have everything decluttered and organized, make a list of all of your devices and what goes with them. Include information such as the model number or the serial number. This not only helps you see what electronics you have, it’s very useful if someone breaks into your home and steals them or if your home is damaged by a fire or other disaster. Just make sure to update the list regularly.
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