(This is day 6 of the Get Organized Series)
Today on part 3 of the miscellaneous category, we will be sorting electronics. This will include cords, earphones, computers, cameras, games, USB sticks and batteries. If you keep up with the latest technology you might have more items than the average household. It’s okay though, we will get through it.
Joy x money
This category might be hard for some people because a lot of electronics have large monetary value. Something might not bring you joy anymore, but because it cost so much money you might find it hard to let it go. Here is what you need to keep in mind: you already spent the money! If you can’t return it, there is no point in holding on to something that doesn't bring you joy anymore just because of what you paid for.
Remove everything from its original place and create piles of smaller subcategories to sort. As hard as it may be, ask yourself some questions and be honest if the items truly bring you joy:
How often do I use it?
Was it an impulse buy?
Does it still serve a purpose?
Can I get away with fewer items?
Do I own other items that can perform the same task?
When I decluttered my electronics, I had a tough time letting go of my iPod that I had been holding on to for years. I kept telling myself I was going to use it, but never did. Because of this, I kept it in a box where it depreciated in value over time. If I had been honest with myself that I was never going to use it again, I would have made the decision to sell it. This would’ve made much more than the $5 dollars the store offered me when I finally decided to part with it. My point is: don’t wait for something to lose its value while sitting in a drawer. Express gratitude and let go now so people can still enjoy it. Who knows, you might even be able to make some extra cash. If you took too long to let go and can’t get any money for your items, consider donating them to charities or non profit organizations. If the object is in bad shape and won’t turn on, see where you can recycle it. There are many places that will take your electronics for free.
Anytime you need new electronic equipment, check second hand stores first. There are so many people who are up to date with the latest technology that you can always find great deals on barely used items. This will save you money and help the planet at the same time! Worried about letting go of extra cables, cords, or accessories? Remember that you can always buy a new one if you end up needing it (but you probably won’t). I always keep in mind the Minimalists 20/20 rule: don't keep anything you can replace for less than $20 in less than 20 minutes.
After sorting everything, it’s time to store what you chose to keep. Make sure your storage solution is visible, accessible and brings you joy. I kept very few electronics: computer, scanner, a few USB sticks and my iPad. As for cords and accessories, I only have one of each type I need, which forces me to take great care of them.
Tomorrow we will tackle digital clutter. Stay tuned!