Do You Keep "Just In Case" Old Tech Around the House?

Do You Keep "Just In Case" Old Tech Around the House?

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Taryn Williford
Aug 18, 2010

Lately, there's been tons of emphasis on living simple lives with less stuff. We're starting to feel like a bit of a pack rat for keeping the things we don't need—well, right now anyways. We've made a habit of keeping our old tech, just in case we need a backup for the new stuff. Is there anybody else out there like us?

In my kitchen junk drawer is an old pay-as-you-go phone. It's leftover from a former apartment—my first in a new town, and where I needed a local phone number for my guests to buzz me at the door.

Even though I'm a few moves removed from that phone (and now sporting a local "404" cell number), it's made the cut through several de-cluttering clean sweeps. Why? Well, I keep it around just in case my main iPhone dies and leaves me.

Is there anybody else like me? Somebody who stashed their slow-but-functional 2004 PowerBook in the closet after an upgrade to a new MacBook?

Or would you rather recycle, sell or give away your old tech? Go ahead and leave a comment!

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