TVs, game consoles, cable boxes and DVDs can all make a cluttered mess of your entertainment center, especially when you factor in the Vegas dust that seems to cover everything. With the prevalence of flat screen TVs, many people have had to get rid of their traditional entertainment center cabinet, leaving accessories out in the open. Here are five easy ideas for alleviating the clutter.
1. Control the cords. Simply organizing errant cords can make a huge difference. Plug cords into central surge protectors and bind them together with plastic zip ties. Camouflage cords from your flat screen with a TV cord cover. This U-shaped plastic cover can be painted to match the color of the wall. Find cord accessories and wall kits at Keisub Electronics.
2. Consolidate. Get rid of old equipment that you don’t use anymore. If you have a cable box with DVR service, you don’t need your VCR anymore. For your next television purchase, consider one with a built in DVD player. Take old VHS tapes, CDs and movies you rarely watch and store them in a closet or another room.
3. Get smaller speakers. Surround sound systems usually include many freestanding speakers with cords swirling around your living room. Consider switching them out for a sound bar or installing ceiling or wall speakers. Sound bars were invented to amplify the sound system of flat-screen televisions and are growing in popularity. They are easy to install, unlike ceiling or wall speakers, and are surprisingly affordable. Another option to consider is wireless speakers that run off of your home network or a hub at your television.
4. Disguise your storage. Put movies, video games and their controllers in baskets or decorative storage boxes. Buy boxes with designs that match your decor like landscapes, wine or art. You can also find small ottomans that have storage inside. Pick up baskets and boxes at craft stores or home furnishing stores.
5. Organize your existing furniture. Use plastic or acrylic drawer dividers to create space for cords, DVDs and CDs. Install grommets in your cabinets or entertainment center so you can store electronic consoles out of sight. Consider getting rid of your outdated entertainment center and replacing it with small cabinets or wall shelves.
The following local businesses may be able to help you get started:
Get It Together
5862 Brisbane Place
Las Vegas, NV 89110
Hours: By appointment only
Get It Together provides consulting services for all home organization needs. Call them today to schedule an appointment to get your entertainment center in tip-top shape.
3185 S Highland Drive, Suite 10
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sun – closed
Kiesub Electronics is a Vegas destination that specializes in all things electronic. Here you can find wall mounts, cord kits and other accessories. In addition to finding everything you need to complete your entertainment center, you can also find the tools that will help you organize it all.
301 S Martin Luther King Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Walker Furniture carries a wide variety of home entertainment center options. Prices tend to run a little high, but the quality of each piece makes the investment worth it.
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Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.