Posted in Electronic Clutter, Suggestions, Timely Tips

Before Recycling or Trashing an Old Computer

I have a 10-year-old dinosaur of a desktop computer. It’s time to bring it to the county recycling depot. How to remove information from its hard drive, to protect my privacy? I called a local computer retailer, and was told that the store would do it for $100.00. Telling the kind gent that I didn’t want to spend that kind of money, he actually advised throwing the computer down a flight of stairs. The fall likely would break the hard drive. No thanks!

A colleague then suggested slamming the computer against a tree. That would feel like very strange behavior; plus, my neighbors understandably might wonder if I’ve lost my mind. There also likely would be lots of little pieces to pick up from the snowy ground. Not a good option, either.

Someone else suggested drilling through the monitor to poke holes in the hard drive. Now, just to figure out exactly where it is, within the “guts” of the monitor. Client Mike, who used to have a construction company, agreed to drill through it for me. He’s as comfortable using tools as I am uncomfortable.

Solution!

Thanks for photo credit to Matt Artz through Unsplash.

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Posted in Clearing Clutter, Electronic Clutter, Mental Clutter, Suggestions, Timely Tips

Clearing Electronic Clutter

Elsewhere on this website, you may read that physical clutter = mental clutter. While many clients learn that while we’re working together, others knew it already, which may have inspired them to hire De-clutter Me!

There’s another kind of clutter that may be calling for your attention, though not as visibly as physical objects you can see. Is your email inbox bulging? Your “sent” file, too? You might want to consider purging from them on a daily basis, as the previous Timely Tip (which perhaps you’ll actually read next) suggested about (physical) things. That way, you can clear your mind, wiping your mental slate clean. It helps me, and it might work for you, too.

About De-clutter Me!

De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been “bringing calm to chaos” since 2013.