I was reminiscing back to a simpler time when the family would gather around the television to watch such classics as “Happy Days,” “The Partridge Family,” “I dream of Jeannie” and my dad’s favorite, “Adam-12.” During that time, we had a handful of channels to choose from and – here’s the shocker – we had to physically get up and change the channel!
Fast forward to the 20th century and – I’ll be the first to admit – I’ve become quite accustomed to living in this fast-paced world of technology. The downside is that every new gadget, gaming system, TV and DVD player arrives with a remote control companion which quickly becomes a clutter hazard all over our living room coffee table.
It’s ironic that these convenient devices called “remote” controllers have a way of magically disappearing to an undisclosed remote area when you need them the most. Many of us don’t even know how to operate our TV without our controllers which is why it is so important to create a designated home for them.
Here are four simple remote control organizing solutions that the whole family can learn to use.
- Sure you can spend money on a stylish remote control organizing solution, but I suggest using an item you may already have at home such as pretty wicker basket, decorative vase, photo box, clear shoe box, etc. Why spend the extra money when you can put something else to good use for once?
- Label each remote and place it on the same shelf with their appropriate counterpart.
- Clear plastic “over the door” shoe organizers are perfect for organizing remote controls and video game controllers. Label each pocket to a specific type of controller. Just take as needed and return as necessary.
- Place all instruction manuals in a binder so if by chance the remote gets lost in a vast black hole or falls through the couch into Narnia, you can call the manufacturer to order a replacement or easily find the model number to locate an equivalent model at your local electronic store. Replacements can be cheap, varying by models and design, so the option is always available.
No matter which system you choose, the most important step is to teach the whole family to place all remotes back into their new appropriate homes.
Technology is changing so fast that I’m positive, in the near future, these remote devises will be replaced by voice recognition. Until that day arrives, keeping all your remotes organized and in reach can make life so organized and enjoyable today.