I Need DIY/Maker Suggestions for Newbie Resources

I am interested in learning more about stripping down junk electronics for maker/DIY projects. For example, I know you can reclaim the stepper motors out of printers and use them in a variety of projects. Can anyone point to a good comprehensive resource on how to reclaim the reclaimable out of ones old electronic junk? I have an ever growing assortment of old broken computers, wifi access points, printers and the like. The Make Magzine/maker movement has played into the worst aspects of my pack rat personality and now always puts the “Hey, don’t pitch that as there might be something usable” bug in my ear.

In my effort to de-crapify my life, I have decided that I want most of this stuff out of my house and my life. I’m still generally interested in doing some passes of stripping out the most usable stuff before passing it on, probably to the Best Buy in Myrtle Beach with their recycle program. I’d love to see some sort of absolute beginners guide to what to do first. Failing that, I guess my next step is to write the monkey fighting thing, if one doesn’t exist, right? Isn’t that how DIY works?

Thanks for any advice.

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