Technology tools are an big asset for our day to day living. At the same time these have overtaken our lives. We have devices of all sorts, ranging from cellphones, to smart home lightbulbs, to voice activated assistants. Our tech needs a little spring cleaning and organizing too!
Inventory and edit
Where the heck is the tech in your home? Go through your home and office and find what you have and where it is. Make a list of what you use and what is required of each. Label cords with the tech device name and use. Now you know what’s an older version or a duplicate. Many of us have quickly accumulated older devices as new items come on the market within a three year time frame now. If you have multiple devices that perform the same solutions, think about sending the item on it’s way to someone who can use it.
Plan for recycling
There’s electronic recycling all around us. It’s the right thing to do for our environment. Be sure to clear your device of all your personal information by using the general settings. For older equipment, write the date on your calendar of local recycling. If your device is new, you can sell it and make back some of your investment. Cell phones can be donated to a charity of choice. CellPhones for Soldiers, or local community domestic violence shelters.
Choose central storage
Now that you know what you have and what’s left, it’s time to plan for storage. Choose a central storage spot in your home for technology. Ziplock together the device and cord to store for future use. Organize the devices by use, such as listening devices like airpods and ear buds or reading devices like nook and kindle. A drawer in an office, the bottom drawer of your nightstand or a basket in your office cabinet are common storage spaces.
Set up a common charging spot
Most important is to set up a common charging spot in your home going forward. This spot is where all devices are charged overnight for a great night’s rest. Research proves repeatedly that keeping electronics away from your bedroom improves your rest. Your family will benefit too. There’s no longer the chaos of lost or borrowed cords for last minute charging or where to find your device on the way out the door.
If you are adding a new device this spring, be proactive and get organized with your devices. It’s one small way to be more organized this year!