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2. Get rid of cord clutter. Few things make a space look more messy than a pile of tangled wires on the floor. Control cord clutter at a desk like this by drilling a few well-placed holes. Either drill a small hole into the top of the desk to thread the cords through, or drill a hole into a nearby cabinet and tuck the cords and a power strip inside. The little nook for the printer in this space is great too — the printer is small enough that it can be easily pulled in and out of its storage space as needed.
4. Use boxes and binders to keep things organized. DVDs, CDs and paperwork for electronics can quickly become a big mess. Stop shoving manuals into the back of drawers and piling DVDs on the coffee table, and invest in a few affordable storage containers instead.
Binders are great for manuals and warranties. Assign clear plastic sleeves for each electronic item in your house and give it a clear label. Purchase a few CD and DVD binder sheets and start storing your collection in a compact space.
If your collection of CDs and DVDs is still pretty small, a few boxes will do the trick. Mark each box with the type of media inside, and store the discs in their cases, label-side up. If you still have cassettes and VHS tapes, you can transfer them to CDs and DVDs. Online companies such as Audiomover offer these services. And if you need ideas for what to do with your old tapes, check out this ideabook.
5. Consolidate items according to purpose. Create separate storage areas for gaming, videos and music. Encourage family members to keep each area clean by installing an organization system for all of the bits and pieces. Labeled boxes and bins or hanging wall organizers will help keep the space tidy and make it easy to find that frequently-disappearing remote.
This hidden niche was designed by a contractor to tuck away the components for a wall-mounted TV. Read the full post here to get the scoop on the best way to do this.
Keeping home electronics organized is really just like organizing any other part of the house. Take the time to label and clean everything, and you'll save yourself time and frustration later on.
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