Clutter: One Strategy for Keeping Gadgets Under Control

Do you have a problem with clutter? If you’re like me, you’re fighting an unending battle against cords, chargers, information booklets, and all the stuff that comes with anything technological.

I found a fantastic way to deal with this mess and confusion. Now, whenever we acquire a new electronic gizmo, I start a special Ziploc bag for it. I label the bag with the name of the device (“Toshiba laptop,” “Olympus digital camera”) and the date. Inside the bag, I put all wires, disks, manuals — all the paraphernalia that come with a new piece of equipment. I keep all these bags in one large box in a closet. I rarely need this stuff, but if I do, I know exactly where to find it. Ziploc

An added benefit that I didn’t foresee when I started this system: when I get rid of the device, I can also easily get rid of the associated equipment. Or if, as sometimes happens, I’m giving a gadget we no longer need to someone else, I can give them all the accoutrements, as well.

For a long time, I held on to mysterious power cords for years, for fear of throwing away something important – but now I know exactly what I should keep and what I can toss. Have you found any good strategies for dealing with the clutter created by technology?

The days are long, but the years are short.