Organizing Your Electronics

by Tina ~ January 31st, 2012.

Most people have a wide assortment of electronics and all the ‘stuff’ that goes with them. And then there’s all the packaging!  It’s a concern to remember which cable goes with which device, or where to find that warranty when your item breaks down. People usually keep the box that their new device came in because it has all the other stuff in it that they need: adaptors, extra cables, manuals, warranties, etc. But what’s really taking up the most space is the box and all the packaging.

KASSETT DVD box with lid

If you think there’s a chance that you might return your new electronic device, keep the box for a few months. Once you’ve been using your device for a while and you’re comfortable with keeping it, take everything out of the box that you need to keep (other than manuals and warranties) and put it into a clear Ziploc baggie. Do this for each device and its accessories. To contain all of the bags, I recommend this box from IKEA (they come in different colours and look great on an open shelf)

or a clear bin from Canadian Tire that we reference a lot on this blog.

Omni Shoe BoxPeople often start systems for organizing their manuals and warranties that are hard to maintain. For example, I often see them put in a binder with plastic page inserts.  This can become a hassle as the binder quickly gets heavy. Sometimes people will have a few hanging files in with bills and other paperwork, but this also gets too bulky. I suggest using magazine boxes for the easiest access. Divide them into categories; most common are: Electronics (e.g. computer, cell phone, camera, tv), Small Kitchen Appliances and Large Household Appliances.

Being organized is mainly about retrieval. When you’re scrambling to figure out how to use your new iPod, you don’t want to have to sift through a million other manuals to get the information you need. Having them stored in easily accessible, properly labelled boxes means you don’t even have to think about it. And be sure to review your manuals and warranties once a year. Electronics change so often, you don’t want to be holding onto manuals for things you no longer have.

 

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1 Response to Organizing Your Electronics

  1. Janet Barclay

    Thanks for the great tips! I currently have one desk drawer dedicated to my electronics, but no matter how organized I think I am, I always seem to end up with orphan cords and connectors. The next time I decide to tackle that drawer, I am definitely going to take your advice.

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