Today's mission is to declutter chargers, cables and cords around your home to get rid of excess ones that you no longer want or use.
I've designed this mission to be done while we work on the Home Office Organization Challenge here on the site, but you can do it whenever you get so fed up with your cords, cables and wires for your devices that you just can't take it anymore!
Obviously, the idea is not to declutter all the wires, cords and cables you've got around your home that go with various electronics. After all, you still need many of them!
Instead, during today's mission I want you to focus on getting rid of the ones you no longer need or cannot identify and are therefore useless. Those are the ones that have become cord and cable clutter.
If you know what a cord or cable is, and it doesn't work anymore, or you don't even have that piece of equipment anymore (or the equipment itself is broken) do not keep these types of items in your home any longer.
You'll also inevitably come across cords that you don't know what they go with. First, ask others in your household who may know the answer.
After that, if no one knows, the hard decision comes for those cords that no one can identify. Keep or toss?
If you feel like they've been around for years and years and you've not used them during that time, chances are you can go ahead and get rid of them right now.
If you're undecided about some of them right now I suggest that you at least gather up all the unknown cords, chargers and cables into one location, such as a bag or box, and both label and date the container.
If you find a device that needs such a cord in the next six months you can go straight to the box and hopefully match them up.
If, however, at the end of six months you still have not used those chargers and cables it's time to completely get rid of the box or bag from your home.
Before you throw these items you decide to declutter in the trash though, make sure to check out the information below which has suggestions of the best ways to dispose of cord clutter.
Ideas For How To Dispose Of Cords & Cables When Decluttering
Once you identify which cords, cables and chargers you're going to get out of your home the next thing to decide is what you're going to do with these items.
Your first inclination may be to throw them in the trash, but don't.
These cords and cables are what is called "e-waste" and therefore need to be disposed of in a responsible way so they can be recycled and not pollute landfills.
As always, keep cords and cables, whenever possible, with the original equipment. So if you've decided to donate an electronic go ahead and gather up all the possible chargers and other wires and cords that go with it, if you can, so they stay together.
Further, you may want to check with friends and family to see if they want any of these excess cords. Often the piece you no longer need is exactly what someone else has been searching for.
If friends and family don't want it another idea for disposal is to donate these items to your local charity shop. Even if you don't personally know someone who wants them this is a great way of making them available for someone in need of the exact cable that you find to be clutter.
If you just want to get rid of them, consider recycling them. There are some electronics stores that take these types of items for recycling, including Best Buy, so consider dropping the cords off there.
Finally, if you don't have a Best Buy near you call your waste disposal company and ask them where to drop them off for proper disposal and recycling. You can also look for local e-waste disposal companies in your area that can help you further.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!