How Long Do You Hang Onto Old Bits & Pieces?

How Long Do You Hang Onto Old Bits & Pieces?

Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 20, 2010

For the first time in a long time, we took our own advice. Before a recent move we decided to ditch all of our old tech, most of the corded keyboards and mice we had stashed in case of an emergency. It felt good. We were free of those boxes of junk and we were working towards a cleaner home office — or so we thought.

Upon arriving in our new space and setting things up, we had need for two additional wired keyboards and 2 mice. A mishap with one of our wireless units and the addition of a new CPU left us without. We had only saved one of each and spent the next few hours making a trip to Microcenter to pick up new ones. Sure they were only $4, but we still felt silly for ditching the ones we had, only to have to re-buy them a few weeks later.

It's a Murphy's Law thing and after having held onto them for years, it felt like the right thing to do, but was it really? How long do you hang onto your computer bits and pieces? Do you have different time lines for different pieces of gear? Let us know in the comments below!

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