Clean Sweep: Eschewing Your Old Tech

Clean Sweep: Eschewing Your Old Tech

Range Govindan
Sep 8, 2010

One of the things that you quickly learn when you live abroad for a while is how to eschew some of you tech and belongings to keep a clean lifestyle. It's not always easy, but it stops you from buying larger items that you can't bring home when you move back. Here are some tips how you can eschew some of your old tech.

I have a lot of books and I love them all, so if there's one thing that I will never get rid of, it's my books. Any bibliophile will understand. In fact, I've accumulated quite a few books in Asia as well and will most likely send them home in boxes in the mail. For me it's books, for another person it might be something else.

1. Frequency of Use
If you haven't used a gadget in the last few months, it's time to get rid of it. I try to donate, recycle, or reuse it as much as possible. Old laptops, computers, stereo systems all fall into this category.

2. Kitchen Tech
When you upgrade an appliance in your kitchen, like a new espresso machine, it's time to get rid of your old one. A lot of people just store them, but it's probably best to try and find it a new home or just get rid of it. I've used Craigslist, eBay, and other online options to get rid of stuff. After a week or so, I donate it or recycle it. Trying your friends and family is also a smart idea.

3. Home Theater Gear
Usually, when people upgrade their HDTV, they need to either move their old one to another room or simply get rid of it. This is a good item to sell cheaply or simply give away if you really need the space to friends and family members.

4. Video Games
Video games and consoles are really easy to get rid off. For a time, I had a PS1, Dreamcast, GameCube, N64, Nintendo 8-Bit, Xbox, and Xbox 360. I managed to easily get rid of most of my gear, except the Nintendo 8-Bit and the Xbox 360. Craigslist works great for this.

5. Furniture
Getting rid of furniture can be harder than smaller items, but every few months, the city or garbage company you deal with will pick up larger items in the garbage, either for free or for a fee. If you haven't been able to donate, recycle, or reuse old furniture and have not been able to sell it either, it's time to get rid of it that way.

[photos via My Old Postcards via CC license, Classic CMP. Virgina Sweet Pea]

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