Tidy your tech
It’s fun having the latest technology at your fingertips, but most of these gadgets come with wires, chargers and storage cases. When you multiply all these by the number of people in your home, the result is a mess and it just doesn’t make your home look good. Here’s how to control the clutter of connectivity with these easy tips.
Mobile phones and keys are usually dumped in a common ‘drop-off’ point (usually the sideboard or kitchen bench). Instead, to keep it organised, give each person in the house a designated space for which they are responsible. This can be a specific drawer or shelf in the cupboard, where phones can still be charged, but which is discreet and out of the way. As for kids, avoid having chargers next to their beds, as they will never get off their tech.
Gaming wires, cords and headsets seem never ending and need to be managed. If the TV unit can’t cope, try a stylish wicker basket as a quick and easy dumping area. Baskets are easy to clean around and can be easily part of your home styling replacing the cluttered mess.
A small designated study space or tech workbench can be incorporated into many modern kitchens. This allows phones and devices to be close at hand, but not in the way of cooking and preparing meals. This is well worth considering if you are redesigning your kitchen. To keep the area clutter-free, incorporate closed wall-mount storage for files, books and paperwork, a cut-out in the bench top to keep the wires off the bench space, and drawers under the desktop where laptop or handheld devices can be slid into and stored when not in use. These features will help you to create an organised space that has everything within reach, but is also nice to look at.
Hiding the cords and wires
While most technology is wireless, it all needs charging at some point so there will be endless wires and cords. While charging has become sleeker – you only need one plug with various USB connectors you can still end up with a pile of wires. Simple solutions to contain cords are cable ties or adjustable tubing, which allow you to bundle them into one tidy length. If you do have a designated space for your computer, a small round cut out in your desktop will keep the wires underneath rather than on top. Clever buys are the sleek hideaway cable boxes and the four port charging stations that are currently on the market. You can even buy furniture with wireless charging like lamps and bedside tables, so you can do away with all the leads.
Design for a tech future
Making houses tech ready for the future has become a major concern for designers and architects, both when building from scratch and renovating as it will impact the look and feel of a home. Considerations include hiding the multitude of cables connecting TVs, game consoles, sound systems and modems. For wall mounted TVs there are many systems to hide cabling inside the wall cavity. Built-in study areas for children under the stairs or a side area of the living room gives them much needed bench space where you can see what they are viewing and doing.