Those of you who know me well will realize how uncomfortable the pictures in this post make me. I don’t like junk and I pride myself in being fairly organized. But we all have our weak spots and I will come clean right now by admitting that I’m a gadget hoarder. It’s not that I want to be one, it’s just that it is kind of complicated to get rid of the stuff.
This article in USA Today does a great job of explaining what gadget hoarding is, why we do it, and how to safely recycle and/or sell these items. I finally got smart a few years ago and started trading in my old phones and tablets at my local AT&T store when I got new ones. It takes a while for me to get to that cycle because I always pass my old tech on to my kids first. They have given me good trade-in credits for those units and then I don’t have to worry about disposing them or dealing with reselling them.
I do still have 3 old laptops, 2 big external hard drives, a few small external hard drives, a camera, a flip phone, some old iPods, and a variety of other batteries and cords to go with all of it. Most of what has been holding me back is that I need to plug all of it in and wipe it clean before I do anything with them.
The Earth Day guilt is getting to me though, so I’m going to try some of the suggestions in the USA Today article and get rid of this pile of useless tech. If I make any money from any of it, you can bet that I will put all of it into buying some new gadgets!