Have You Become A High Tech Hoarder?

There has been a tech explosion in the last fifteen years, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. Every season new releases and launches fill social media and tech sites with reviews and user guides. Over the years you’ve probably been quick off the mark to pick up the latest tech device or gadget. So what have you been doing with them all?

If you’re not selling or gifting them on, chances are you’re hoarding them. The trouble is, much of it could become obsolete, and you may even lose the ability to pick off the data you wanted to keep so badly. Connectors change, and charging cables inevitably fall to pieces. So what on earth are you keeping all those gadgets for?

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Has old tech become the twenty-first-century keepsake? Who knows. We all have our reasons for holding onto the old and the beautiful. And yes, there is quite a trade on auction sites for 90s tech right now. In a few years, those old cell phones you’ve got stashed away could be worth more than you originally paid for them!

So what are the signs that you’re a hoarder? Dedicating an entire room to tech that you will never use again is perhaps the most obvious one. If you can’t get into the room anymore, it could be time to let these things go. After all, you’ve got the latest launches to pay for, and this little stash of yours could provide the finance.

What about the stuff you’re keen to keep? It’s really important that you’re looking after the things you really want to hold onto. Do each of your phones have mobile covers and are your tablets encased in sleeves? Something as simple as this could preserve your tech while you use it and keep it pristine while you’re storing it.

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What can you do if you’re running out of space? Physical space and digital space are similar in nature in that they are limited. You might have a storage unit somewhere that is safe, dry and ideal for all those gizmos and gadgets you don’t have space for at home. Digitally, you may have hard drives full to the brim, and no way of remembering what you’re actually storing on there. Cataloguing is one way to approach it. You can keep a simple spreadsheet to help you identify what you have and where you’re keeping it.

Apps can take up so much space on your devices that it forces you to buy a new device! Managing apps is easier than you think - there’s an app for that! Be brave and delete what you’re not using anymore. After all, developers stop updating them fairly quickly when the OS keeps changing so much. And no, not every handset or tablet is as backwards compatible as you think. If the apps out of date, you probably can’t use it on the latest OS update anyway.

Are you a hoarder? What dated tech do you prize the most? Love it, don’t hoard it!

Cheers!!!
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