Start by decluttering. Go through your desk drawers, media console, and storage cabinets to gather all your electronics and tech devices, including cords and accessories. Eliminate anything damaged or broken first, then get rid of the old versions of your current devices, like your Bluetooth keyboard or iPhone 4. Do the same with other outdated electronics, like your chunky first iPod or sprawling collection of VHS tapes.
Next, get rid of anything you don’t enjoy or use regularly, whether it’s an untouched e-reader or pile of empty flash drives. It’s also helpful to purge single-use devices — like a digital camera or mp3 player — if your phone or tablet has those same functions.
Create a plan to safely and swiftly dispose of this unused stuff. Find a charity or organization that provides phones to members of the military or abused women and donate your old phones.
For anything else search for electronics recycling stations near you. Best Buy, according to its website, will happily take all your used tech, no matter where you bought it, how old it is, or who made it
3. Organize by Type of Use
Sort your electronics by category, like everyday necessities, computer equipment, household technology, travel devices, back-up materials, or miscellaneous items.
Next, match each device with its corresponding charger, cord, or accessory. From there, sort each category of stuff into its own container, and make sure to label each one.
To keep things hyper-organized, put smaller items — like earphones, flash drives, or outlet adapters — into cloth ziplock bags and label. As for cords, there are plenty of clever tools to help keep them neat, but household items such as twist ties do the trick just as well.
4. Inventory it!
After you’ve finished organizing your electronics, create an inventory list of all your equipment and various gadgets. Use the same categories you used when organizing, and make sure to include important details if you can, like the model number, serial number, or date of purchase.
Update this list on an annual basis when you do your annual spring clean!
5. Set up Charging Stations
For all the devices in your life you cannot live without day to day like your phones and tablets, you need a couple of designated charging stations. Stop dragging your cords and chargers from room to room and leaving a mess behind. Have at least one central charging station on each floor of living space.