Learn how I am safely and securely recycling CDS DVDS and floppy disks – Wk 6 for the Marie Kondo purging challenge with tips and video!
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Well my friends… we are back with another riveting episode of purging! And this week, the focus was on recycling CDS DVDS and floppy disks.
- CDS, DVDS
- Skin care products
- Electrical equipment, small appliances, cameras, etc.
- Household equipment
- Household supplies
- Kitchen goods
- Sentimental things – do this last!
So… CDs and DVDs, huh? Let’s throw floppy disks and VHS tapes in there too! (snicker)
I mean, who even really stocks these any longer with all the latest movie streaming through Netflix or downloading software online these days?!
So I figured I’d get through the DVD category in a snap and move onto the next. Maybe even get in another TWO!
Until I actually started… (this post contains some affiliate links)
Purging floppy disks and DVDs
Crammed deeply in the corner of the laundry room shelves to the right sat these floppy disks from my signmaking company. Drawers of them! I use to back up all my digital files this way, so essentially, these are copies in case the hard drive died.
And to the right are DVD backups once this fancy pants way to back up came into play. I think I use to back up once a week? Daily?! So there were lots!
I searched online to see how to destroy these safely and so many write ups said to do it manually by snapping the DVDs in half and tearing apart the floppy disk. Ugh! Maybe if I had just a few, but I had SO many.
So I did find out that a USP place near me will destroy and shred them for a price. Into the truck they went!
Here’s how I am recycling CDS DVDS and floppy disks so you don’t have to wonder like I did!
How to safely purge and recycle Floppy Disks, CDs and DVDs:
- Open case, remove film and cut up, then discard the plastic to an appropriate recycler or shredder
- If a trustworthy source, take the works as-is to get shred and recycled.
CD’s / DVD’s
- Wrap CD / DVD in plastic or cloth, then snap in half and take to a recycler or shredder.
- If a trustworthy source, take the works as-is to get shred and/or recycled.
Purging DVDs and VHS movies
Another area I rather dreaded was going through these two crates under the TV.
I actually worked on this last year so I got the worst over with then. But these crates held movies from WAY back that were hard to part with due to memories.
We’re talking Disney Classic movies, lotsa kiddie movies, and some reg adult movies.
Notice I still have a DVD player too? It hasn’t been turned on in years!
I watch movies on Netflix these days so I’m not even sure I need the DVD player or any movies! Someone reminded me it may be worth saving a few of my very favorite movies I like watch now and then, because Netflix doesn’t keep stuff online forever. Duly noted…
Do you still have a DVD player or did you get rid of yours?
So anyway, I ended up GUTTING these crates. Both of them. I honestly have a desire to maybe save two movies. That’s it!
As the TV sits right next to the fireplace, it pleases me to no end to now use these crates for paper and kindling. Makes so much more sense! It’s space needed for that and now it’s wisely used without that stuff sticking out into the room in other crates and such.
This move right here really made a big impact on added living room space.
How to purge movies worth a 2nd glance
- Save only the ones you know you will watch again
- Sell the rest online (I use a local Facebook bidding site)
- Drop them off at a thrift store
- Donate them somewhere or give away to others
And now the harder part. I’m piling all the CDs and DVDs into categories and will list them online to sell for someone else to enjoy. I personally use a Facebook bidding site you can read about HERE
And if they don’t sell or leave for free, I’ll take them to a thrift store.
Or I may get sick of this listing business and take it to the thrift anyway! I think sometimes taking pics and glorifying something you are trying to get rid of quickly makes you procrastinate, increasing your chances of not getting rid of it at all.
I don’t like delaying a decision. But a few extra dollars for the odd Starbucks tea latte is nice too…
Purging files and paperwork
This past weekend, I finally brought ALL these file boxes I talked about last week, plus the DVDs and floppies and even some machines to recycling and shredding places. GONE! All gone! I waited until Saturday to make one big run, then ended up visiting my son in the evening, so it was one very productive and enjoyable day!
How to safely purge files and paperwork
- Open boxes / files and remove plastics or anything that is not mostly paper.
- Stapes and paperclips are ok to leave, so I’ve been told.
- Research a shredding place that guarantees they will lock your goods into storage and shred onsite on a given day. This keeps your information safe.
- Safest yet? Bring your goods in the same day they shred and watch it being done. Sounds extreme but it is an option.
- Bring your boxes home with you if it saves you money, then give them away or recycle them through your garbage pickup. I saved about $10 by bringing the boxes back home with me.
My realizations this week:
This purging process is going slower than I had anticipated. But I do feel elated when I can drive off with a pile!
It’s hard work. It’s physical because you have to lug stuff around. But it’s also mental because you have to decide what to keep and what to toss, then how, then implement. All the steps take a lot of time and thought and revisiting.
At the moment, it feels never ending, as if the more I pull out, the more there is to pull out, as if it’s multiplying somehow. But I suppose that’s what pack ratting does. Stuff is stored in layers. Gotta un layer it!
But it must be making an impact, because if you’re left with less stuff, then there’s just less. Right?!
Can you imagine having to move with so much stuff?! I think that’s another reason I ditched that dream. It was just too much for me to even think about, let alone do. So perhaps that dream isn’t off the shelf completely… time will tell.
Click below to watch a recap of this week and my recycling trips downtown too!
This next week
So, according to my list, skin care and makeup are next, so looks like I’ll be gutting the bathroom closet once again! Yuk! But I want it to look like the picture above again so it is what it is. Stay tuned…
Would you still like me to share what’s going on every week, or prefer less seldom or ?
I do think posting each week about each category is keeping me in check! But I want this to be a wanted thing by you too. Lemme know your thoughts in comments… still helping, or are you over it? LOL
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What did you work on last week?
How did you make out?
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