Hey Red! What do I do with this box of random, outdated tech?

Hey Red! What do I do with this box of random, outdated tech? - Organizing with a Side of Fabulous blog
Hey Red! What do I do with this box of random, outdated tech? - Organizing with a Side of Fabulous blog

Hey Red!So I'm doing a little clean out of my home office which double as a storage room for our house. I came across a box of old, outdated tech. It includes old cell phones, miscellaneous power chords and connector chords, a non-functioning camera, and even a TV antenna. My question is this: what should I do with this stuff? I feel weird about trashing it, but I'm not sure donating it is right either because the stuff is so random. Thoughts? Caught in Cord Chaos 

Dear Caught,

Well we can't set all of the tech on fire. That would stink. Literally.

Seriously. Have you smelled burning plastic? Not much better than burning hair...which I accidentally set my hair on fire during a bartending gig in 1995.

Long story.

Anywho.

Make sure that all of your personal info is cleared out from the items and then you have a few options.

  • Many non-profits will gladly take old tech.
  • Look at your local women's shelter as they often take old phones and refurbish them to give to their clients.
  • Check with one of your local theaters. They never know what they'll need for props and you're contributing to entertainment!
  • Also Google your area tech recycling. My local zoo accepts electronics for recycling. Yours may as well. Goodwill partnered with Dell a while back and some locations accept electronics for recycling. More information on their Reconnect program is here.

Anything left after those trying those avenues go ahead and trash - guilt free!! - because there's no point in it taking up valuable space in your office or head.

Never feel bad about donating random things. Just as "one man's trash is another man's treasure" - one person's random could be the recipient's exact wish.

Enjoy the fresh space and absence of random tech!

Have a burning question of your own? Email it to heyred@melindamassie.com to be answered in a future post.