Reduce Your Digital Clutter

Recycle or donate your old cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, GPS device — are you drowning in digital clutter? If so, you’re not alone. Americans spend more than 43 hours per week on a variety of devices, and nearly half (47 percent) have one or more devices they no longer use at all, a survey by Intel discovered. Now is a great time to add “cutting digital clutter” to your to-do list.

Decluttering your digital life doesn’t mean you have to give up your technology, throw devices away or spend a bundle on replacements. Here are three easy ways to reduce your digital clutter:

1. Choose more flexible devices: Technology keeps getting more impressive every year and keeping pace is essential in both the personal and professional realms. Beyond only going for this year’s hottest new tech, look for devices that do more. Tablets, 2-in-1 devices and portable all-in-ones pack versatility and power into a single compact device.

2. Donate old devices: You can spring clean your digital devices and give back at the same time when you donate older devices. From smartphones to desktop PCs, numerous organizations facilitate getting older, no-longer used devices from donors and putting them in the hands of people who need technology but can’t afford to buy the latest tech items.

3. Recycle old devices: Every 1 million laptops Americans recycle saves enough energy to power more than 3,500 homes per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Recycling cellphones and other devices also allows for the recovery of a number of valuable metals, including copper, silver and gold. Recycling devices keeps them out of landfills.

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