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It takes too long to find remote controls in their usual hiding spot between cushions on the sofa. If you're looking for a more convenient place to keep them, put a widemouthed vase or other good-looking container on your side table, and put all of your remotes inside.
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If your television comes with the correct connection you can simply plug in your iPod dock to watch movies and TV shows you’ve downloaded, present slide shows of your photos, and listen to music -- all through the television.
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They need to be exposed, but in-wall versions can be painted to match a room's wall color and some bookshelf speakers can be fitted with grates in coordinating colors.
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Living in Style
People think they have to buy media furniture to house their electronics. Why not use a piece you already love instead? This vintage armoire was slightly remodeled by replacing the original shelving with compartments designed specifically for components and media storage.
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Pass It On
Donating your gadget to a good cause is wonderful way to give it a second life. And if it is no longer usable you can recycle it.
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Plug In Seamlessly
Accessibility is important, so the power strip in this home is turned so that the plugs are facing forward. Printed labels identify each plug, and there is a built-in line conditioner, a device that prevents power surges.
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When you’re under a table trying to sort out a tangle of cords, they often all look the same. Make finding the right one easy by creating labels from leftover bread-bag clips. Just write the name of each device on the unprinted side of a clip with a permanent marker, and attach the clip to the proper cord.
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Two hinged boxes open up to reveal aningenious recharging hub. A power strip is anchored inside the bottom box with Velcro fasteners, and cords are threaded through grommets to the top box, where cord hooks hold each device in place. The box is left open when recharging to avoid heat buildup.
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Beat the Heat
The area where you store your video and audio systems can often overheat and become cluttered with cords. Make a few holes in the back panel of the cabinet where they’re stored to ventilate the area -- and it will work even when doors are closed.
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Create a Consolidated Console
Consolidating all of your electronics in one custom cabinet keeps the room uncluttered. Linen panels conceal the flat-panel television when it's not in use.
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Conceal your television stylishly and some color to a room. This cozy will make your television feel less like a centerpiece and more like a bit of ambience.
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If you're always searching for the remote control, use a simple strip of Velcro to make sure it's always handy.
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Making a smarter media unit is about as easy as playing Tetris: Combine inexpensive, unfinished cubes to create a larger structure, and then treat it to a dose of style.