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What to Do with Old Electronics

Posted on: December 26, 2017 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage May 15, 2018

An old vintage tv before it is stored in a storage unit

We all know the drill. We buy the new shiny electronic, only to have it be considered outdated just one to two years later. We are all victims of this. And, unfortunately, guilty of falling for the hype of needing the next new electronic. If you have electronics you no longer use, you may be looking for the best option to get rid of them. Try out these top options for getting rid of your unwanted electronics!

Recycle Electronics

Regardless of which option you choose, never throw out your electronics. Fortunately for the consumer, but unfortunately for the earth, electronics are getting less expensive to purchase. This means that there is a lot of electronic waste floating around. Even if an electronic is entirely broken, it still contains valuable material that can be broken down and reused. Many stores and online sites will recycle your old electronics for free.

Donate Electronics

If your electronics are still in working condition, consider donating them to a charity. Charities will accept old electronics to be used for educational purposes in schools, or to entertain the military oversees and children in the hospital. Before you donate your electronics, be sure to wipe them clean of any personal information.

Sell Electronics

If you are looking for a way to sell your old electronics, consider using sites like Gazelle, Craiglist, Ebay or Amazon. Before you sell your electronics, be sure to wipe them clean of any personal information.

How to Store Electronics

If the electronic is valuable, whether sentimentally or monetarily, you may not be ready to give it up quite yet. Maybe it was your dad’s old television, or maybe you just don’t have room for it right now in the house but plan to use it later. If that’s the case, instead of getting rid of your electronic, consider storing it in a storage unit. A storage unit is a good option for when you no longer want an item at your house, but still want it in a secured location.

  1. Store it in its Original Packaging: In order to protect your electronics during storage, store them in their original packaging. If there is extra space in the box, add extra filler material to ensure it is protected. Reseal the box to make sure your electronics don’t fall out during the move.
  2. Consult the Owner’s Manual: Different electronics will require a different level of care. In order to ensure you are storing your electronics with the best care for that specific brand, consult the owner’s manual.
  3. Take a Picture of the Electronic Hookup: Once you disconnect your electronics, it can be difficult to remember how they were initially set up. Save time when setting back up your electronics by simply taking a picture of the back of the electronic showing how the cords are connected.
  4. Disconnect the Accessories: Disconnect the keyboard, mouse and any other accessory that goes along with your electronic. Label any loose wires so you’ll remember where they plug into when it’s time to set your equipment back up. Place the labeled cords in bags and tape them to the back of the electronic.
  5. Store Your Electronics in a Location that has a Controlled Climate: Electronics can be highly susceptible to damage caused by fluctuations in temperature. When storing your electronics, never store them in your basement or attic. If you don’t have a location that is safe to store electronics, consider renting a storage unit that can control the climate.

Are You Looking for a Location to Store Your Electronics?

Lighthouse Self Storage has storage facilities throughout California and Florida, ready to meet any of your storage needs. Our storage facilities include storage units that can control the climate, perfect for the storage of electronics. Are you interested in learning more about a storage unit rental? Contact us today!

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