1-A-Week: Week 23: I am a tech hoarder

Jun 16, 2011 by

The 1aw project is great for after you’ve done a big purge of stuff you don’t need, want or use anymore. If you’ve got rooms and closets full of stuff to get rid of it makes little sense to do it one item at a time. You need to purge that stuff in one big move. Then start the 1aw to look deeper at the stuff you don’t need and you can get rid of those things one by one.

I’ve done some big purges of clothes and random junk over time and have been enjoying digging deeper with the 1aw project to get rid of even more stuff I don’t need, use, or want.

Last night I set out to clean out a section of my closet where I keep all my electronics junk. My brother in law had his hard drive crash on his laptop and I thought I had an extra one he could use so I set out to find it. I found it but I also found a lot more.

I am apparently a technology hoarder. I don’t save a lot of stuff but apparently when it comes to cables, adapters and hard drives I save those all day long.

I found 18 hard drives, 9 apple monitor adapters, 6 keyboards, 4 mice and more cables than you can shake a stick at.

I also found a lot of stuff to get rid of for my 1aw. Old video cards and an old Blackberry phone are among the pile of stuff that’s going out this week.

I’ve been meaning to clean out that part of the closet for a while now so I was happy to get it done. Also happy to find the hard drive to give to my brother in law to save him from having to buy one.

If you havent started the 1aw project yet you may want to take a look around and do one big purge first to get you started. Start with a closet or one room first. Remove everything from the room or closet and only put back what you actually use, need or want. Get rid of everything else.

One of my next projects is to go through all 18 hard drives and transfer the data to a single drive and get rid of the rest of them.


1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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