clutter madness…

Now that it’s Spring I’m noticing everything that lay hidden in Winter’s shadows (not the least of which is the grimy film on the living room windows…yikes). My latest pet peeve (I’m riddled with them) is electronic clutter. I detest it. TV’s, computers, earphones, telephones, stereos…anything with a cable! I’m considering “accidentally” vacuuming them up–I did it to Lego and I can do it again!

My hubbie, Mark, is a doll. Love him. Admire him. Respect him. Will divorce him if he puts one more electronic cable where I can SEE it!!! He grew up on a farm and everything had a purpose, not a style!

My desk is really well equipped with laptop, stationery screen & keyboard, phone, lights, fax, printer, scanner and about 2 million cables all intertwined under my desk.

My lovely, bright bedroom with romantic turret and fireplace is scarred by the existence of a big black flat screen TV on top of the white mantle. It’s not the TV itself that disturbs me (’cause I have to confess that I love a TV in my bedroom), it’s all the acoutrements that are plunked right up there with it: the DVD player, the surround sound speakers, and the miles of cable snaking arcoss the mantle that drives me absolutely nuts! I suggested a professional installation, but apparently that went over about as well as suggesting that we stop and ask for directions at a firehall (hey…don’t judge me…firemen are hunky).

So, it’s time to take things into my own hands. Here are some things that might work. If anyone out there has any suggestions, I’m begging you…please save my marriage!

Style at Home’s blog posted a great little article on camouflaging your electronics. I think the collage is a great idea.

photo courtesy Style At Home magazine

This is a really great idea. It’s the Muro Media Storage frame from Design Within Reach. It comes unfinished and you can paint it or wallpaper it to match your wall. It’s a load-baring frame that allows you to hide all the wires between the frame and the wall.

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

This is such a adorable little charging station designed by Kikkerland (available at Organize.com). It hides cords and keeps all your gadgets neetly stored in one place (until your kids enter your office and “borrow” stuff that never returns–it’s impossible to keep Scotch tape anywhere in my office).

photo courtesy Organize.com

And then there’s the master of organization…IKEA. This is a great little cable organizer, and I’m going to hop in my Swedish Volvo and whip over to the land of Swiss innovation and pick one up (don’t mind their cinnamon buns either).

photo courtesy IKEA

photo courtesy IKEA

Another clever camouflage idea by Style At Home. That is fabulous wallpaper, and definitely a bold statement.

photo courtesy Style At Home

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4 responses

  1. ok seriously, I can totally relate to the electronic madness!!! My husband has cords EVERYWHERE he has even drilled right through WALLS to get them where he wants….clickers too….how many remotes does one man need to operate a single tv?????
    hate it, detest it…can not even operate the tv anymore as it is too complicated to turn on! LOVE the Lego comment…..almost peed my pants reading it! Those were the days…….great entry Jen!!

  2. Hi Maureen…I recall seeing that photo in an article, and the designer’s mom (can’t remember her name, but she’s a famous designer too) designed the wallpaper specifically for the space. I agree, it’s bold and not for everyone, but I just think it totally works with those ugly black TV screens.

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