Every household has different organizing challenges. Sometimes people have too many clothes, books, or toys and not enough space for them. Other times, a home’s kitchen cabinets aren’t properly organized, or the home office is full of stacks of paper that no one wants to look through. But the one organizing challenge that seems to exist in every house is a box of old cables, plugs and other miscellaneous tech equipment that no one wants to contend with.
These bins get moved from home to home and hidden away so that no one ever has to decide whether to keep an old cord. It’s akin to opening a box full of snakes. The client will back away and utter something about the contents being too overwhelming to deal with. But guess what? None of the cords bites, and someone eventually has to decipher the contents. Here are some tips.
• Empty the bin and sort.
First dump everything out of the box. Set aside items such as old batteries and that computer mouse for disposal. Then separate computer and phone cords from TV and other media- related cords. Chances are you don’t need any of the old computer, phone or iPad chargers because the most current ones are in use.
If you have an old tablet, phone or computer you’re hoping to take information from or pass along to someone else, find the correct cord and put it with the device. Attach the two with a rubber band. Set aside all others to be recycled.
Keep one or two HDMI and USB cords, not 10 — they’re replaceable. The same goes for cable cords. And if there are ear buds or headphones in the bin, it’s safe to assume they don’t work. Place them in the discard pile.