With technology continually developing we are acquiring new gadgets as older devices become obsolete. It’s exciting investing in new tech but we are often reluctant about clearing out the tech that we no longer use or need. I often find bags of cables and empty tech boxes when supporting my clients with their home organisation. I am also frequently asked how to store and organise digital photos from multiple devices (phone, digital camera, iPad etc.)
Why do we hold onto old tech?
1. Nostalgia: special memory, special gift or might be of value one day
2. Might be useful one day
3. Important Data: private and valuable information stored on the device
No one has space to store unused gadgets. I wanted to share with you some of my top tips for decluttering old tech and organising digital photos.
How to Declutter Old Tech
1. Gather all your cables, old tech and empty boxes into one place. Identify which gadgets has photos that need to be downloaded
2. Remove Data: Remove any data from your old devices immediately. If you are worried about losing data, transfer to the hard drive on your computer or external hard drive
3. Download regularly: get into the habit of downloading photos from your mobile devices regularly
4. Label: when you buy new tech label the cables and store in zip lock bags. If you use a multi adaptor for current gadgets, label each plug to simplify cable management
5. Unidentified cables: put any cables into a box for review. Purge any duplicates. If you haven’t needed it in 6 months, it can go
6. Sell or recycle old gadgets: there are plenty of ways to make money from your old gadgets (depending on age of the device)
7. USB slots: if you have several gadgets charging around your home consider adding USB slots into standard plug sockets or purchase a compact multi USB charger. You can then dedicate one space for recharging. This is helpful for finding things too.
How to Organise Digital Photos
Do you have photos stored on multiple devices (phone, camera, tablet) that you would like to consolidate into a centralised filing system?
The easiest place to store photos is on your PC. However, as our photos are irreplaceable it’s also good practice to back up your photos on an external hard drive and cloud-based storage.
How do I set up a centralised filing system?
You now need to decide how you want to store your photos. For most people the simplest way is by date taken.
1. One Central file: create one central file on your PC to store all photos
2. Regular downloads: Start to get into the habit of regularly downloading photos to your PC, so that the task does not become overwhelming
3. Renaming and de-duping: the next big decision is whether you want to rename your photos. As the photos come from different devices they will have different file names. Some people like to rename them to a standard format i.e. date and keyword. Once you have them in a standard format you can go through and delete any that you don’t want
4. Multiple Devices: start to download photos from your various devices
5. Back up: an external hard drive is the most economical way to back up to a PC. You can also back up to a cloud-based service (Dropbox, Microsoft One Drive or Flickr to name but a few)
If you need support decluttering and organising the old tech in your home please contact me for further information contact me.