We all have loads of tech and media in our homes today. Between televisions, smartphones, laptops, gadgets and tablets, it’s easy to accumulate a lot of devices. While these items can be convenient and fun, they can also take up a lot of space if they’re not organised properly. Here are some things to declutter from your tech and media now to make life easier.
Home Tech Items To Declutter Right Now
#1 – Old Boxes from tech you’ve bought and kept
We all have those old boxes lurking in storage space from electronics we’ve bought in the past. While it’s understandable to want to keep them around “just in case,” they’re probably never going to be used again.
#2 – Out of date warranties / Manuals
Warranties and manuals are important to hang on to – but only for a certain amount of time. After a year or so, it’s likely that you won’t need them anymore.
Outdated warranties and manuals can be recycled or thrown away.
TIP – You can also find most manuals online these days, so you don’t need to keep a physical copy.
#3 – Chargers for unknown things
We’ve all got a drawer full of random chargers, am I right? But how many of them do you actually use on a regular basis? Be honest.
If you’ve got chargers for old devices that you no longer use, it’s time to get rid of them.
#4 – Cords for unknown things
Cords, wires and cables can be a real pain to deal with. They always seem to get tangled and lost in the depths of our drawers. If you’ve got cords and wires for old devices that you no longer use, just let them go…
TIP – If you’re worried that you may need something in the future, then store the unknown in a box and keep for a year. If you haven’t needed anything by then, you are probably safe to let that box go.
#5 – Old phone cases
We’ve all been there. We buy a new phone and get a new case to protect it. But what happens to the old case? It just sits in a drawer, taking up space. If you’ve got an old phone case that you’re no longer using, get rid of it.
#6 – Old phones you no longer use
If you’ve got an old phone that you no longer use, it’s time to get rid of it. You can recycle your old phone, sell it for cash, or even donate it to a worthy cause.
TIP – Be sure to wipe your old phone before you get rid of it. You don’t want your personal information getting into the wrong hands.
#7 – Chargers for phones you no longer own
If you’ve got chargers for phones that you no longer own, it’s time to get rid of them. There’s no need to keep them around, taking up space.
TIP – You can always buy a new charger if you need one in the future. They’re not too expensive.
#8 – Old TVs
TVs that aren’t being used are just wasting space in your home. Consider giving to a friend / family member / charity if they are working OK, sell, or recycle.
#9 – Excess remote controls
Do you really need four remote controls for your TV? Probably not. If you’ve got excess remote controls, declutter them from your home and make life more simple.
#10 – Unused Computer games consoles
We’ve all got that one computer game console that we never use. If you’ve got an unused computer game console, get rid of it or sell it for cash. You don’t need it taking up space in your home.
#11 – Computer Games that aren’t played
If you’ve got computer games that you’re not playing, it’s time to let them go.
#12 – Old Gadgets
Any gadgets that you have lying around that you don’t use should be let go of as they’re just taking up space. These could include:
- Kitchen gadgets – e.g – ice cream maker, food processor etc…
- Fun gadgets – e.g – remote control car, key finder etc…
- Fitness gadgets – e.g – pedometer (you have one on your phone!) etc…
#13 – Old Toothbrushes
The Electric kind…. If you’re not using them then let them go. It’s more hygienic too!
#14 – Old computers / Laptops (destroy the hard drive first)
You can consider recycling for your old computers and laptops, but always remember to destroy the hard drive first.
This will ensure that your personal information stays safe and secure.
What To Declutter On Your Computer…
Digital clutter can be just as bad as physical clutter – so use this time to declutter what’s on your computer as well.
Not only will it free up space, but it should make your computer faster, and enable you to find what you need much more easily. It’s a win all around!
#15 – Trash can on computer
A lot of people delete their files but forget that they stay around in the trash can until fully deleted.
Take a few seconds to empty that trash can and free up lots of space on your computer in the process.
#16 – Files and documents on your computer that are never used
It’s all too easy to just keep creating new files and documents but they all take up space, and chances are you’re not using a lot of them any longer.
Take an hour or so to consolidate what you DO need, and let go of the rest.
#17 – Any App on your computer that you don’t need
This will free up lots of space on your computer so it will run faster.
#18 – Anything that would be better off on the cloud
If you don’t backup your computer and everything is only saved on the actual physical machine – what happens should something go wrong?
It’s best to declutter your physical storage and start using cloud storage such as Dropbox – that way you can work on your computer safe in the knowledge that everything is saved elsewhere.
#19 – Too many open tabs on your browser
Having lots of tabs open on your browser can seem like a good idea (I know I fall foul of this more often than I’d care to admit!).
Problem is, this leaves you open to losing them should your computer have any issues.
It’s best to save pages as bookmarks – so spend a few minutes creating what you need – and free up that browser to just use one or two tabs. Ahhh!
#20 – Old eMails
Do you have a tendency to save all your emails – ‘just in case’?
How many of them will you really ever need again?
Take a few hours and declutter to only those that really need keeping. You may be surprised at how free you feel (especially if you’re one of the many who have several thousand unread emails in their inbox!)
TIP – If people need to get in touch and you accidentally delete something – they will contact you again.
#21 – SPAM eMail folder contents
This is one of those eMail folders that often gets full and is overlooked.
Take a quick scan and check that there’s nothing that’s gone into the folder that shouldn’t be there – and then delete everything.
#22 – BIN eMail folder contents
Another folder that often gets full and is overlooked. Just hit delete on all these and free up some space.
#23 – eMail newsletters you don’t read
Unsubscribing from eMail newsletters that you’ve almost become blind to seeing appear frequently will declutter your future inbox.
Prevention is better than cure, right?
What To Declutter On Your Phone…
#24 – Unused apps on your phone
We all have them – those apps that we downloaded and then never used again. They’re just taking up space on your phone, so declutter then now – and you’ll be able to find what you DO use much more quickly.
#25 – Apps and games on phone that waste your time
I dread to think how much time is wasted by things on my phone…. Opening up something through habit may mean going down a rabbit hole for nearly an hour. Not good.
But if they’re not there in the first place – chances are you won’t miss them – and you can do something much more constructive with your time instead.
Home Media Items To Declutter Now
#26 – Downloaded films / music you don’t need
When you download something, it’s easy to forget about it – especially if you’ve not watched or listened to it yet.
But they’re just taking up space on your devices, so it’s time to let them go.
You can always re-download them if you really want them in the future.
#27 – TV subscriptions you won’t watch
Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, etc… – are all great if you use them a lot. But if you don’t – let them go and save yourself some cash.
#28 – TV series links you don’t need
How many TV series are you recording ad infinitum?
Chances are there are some that you loved a few years ago but won’t watch again. Delete these series links so you don’t have to delete them as they get recorded in the future.
#29 – Anything recorded on your TV you won’t watch
If your TV storage is constantly around 80/90% it probably means there are things there that you won’t watch, or that you’ve forgotten are there.
Take a look through – and be realistic with what you’ll actually get around to watching in the future. Let go of the rest…
#30 – DVD / CD boxes with missing contents
They are no use to anyone without the contents…
#31 – Scratched DVDs / CDs
Trying to watch / listen to these will cause frustration – so let them go.
#32 – Old CDs for computer software
Most computer software nowadays is downloadable from the internet. If you can – let go of the old software CDs that you used to need. You won’t again!
#33 – DVDs you won’t watch again
Donate to charity, swap with a friend, or sell somewhere like Facebook Marketplace.
Whatever you choose, get them out of your house as they’re just taking up space.
#34 – CDs you never listen to
#35 – VHS / audio cassettes if you can’t watch / listen to them
Often we keep these because there are sentimental items on – such as film of weddings / christenings etc…
If there’s important stuff on them then you can get the contents transferred to digital nowadays.
Whether you do this or not – let the old tech go.
Anything Else To Consider?
#36 – Duplicate items
You may have perfectly OK tech in good condition in your home that hasn’t been covered with any of the points already – but chances are there are some items that you can declutter purely because you have more than one.
For instance – you may have a charger cord for every phone in the house – but could you just use one and have that in a central place for everyone to use?
Take a look and see what duplicates you have, and let the excess go.
#37 – Broken Items
Declutter anything that’s broken that you don’t want to (or can’t) spend time or money fixing. This will free up loads of space straight away.
Decluttering your home tech and media can be a great way to clean up your digital life.
Not only will you have more space on your devices, but you’ll also be able to find what you’re looking for more easily. And who doesn’t want that?
So go through your home and declutter your tech and media today – you won’t regret it!