These are the days of electronics. Those of you who love them, know how much they cost and clutter. In order to preserve our investments in buying DVD players, video game systems, CD players and so on, you have to be organized. Neglecting entertainment items can be unsightly and hazardous. Here are five tips on how to clean up and organize your entertainment center in Seattle.
1. Know Your Wires
A cost-effective solution to separating multiple wires is to save all plastic bread fasteners that come with a loaf. Label each with a permanent marker to distinguish cord. Then simply wrap the bread fastener around its corresponding wire. If these recyclable labels aren’t around, multi-colored tape purchased at an office supply store can be just as efficient. Cut off about an inch of tape and wrap it around the wire. Then press the excess tape together to make a tab to label the device it corresponds with.
2. Organize Remotes
There are many storage bins that can fit your style, ranging from hard plastic to collapsible fabric. If you have many remotes constantly being misplaced, a storage bin may be your answer. Purchasing a universal remote helps reduce build up because all functionalities are loaded onto one gadget. However, do not throw away original remotes because you never know when they may be needed again.
3. Buy a Surge Protector
Look for a corded surge protector as this is the easiest way to protect your electronics from overloading the power circuit and destroying everything plugged in. Surge protectors also double as an extension cord allowing for an extended range. Safely plug in up to 10 electronic devices all at once with one convenient power switch.
4. Organize CDs, Games and DVDs
You’re proud of your collection and want to show it off. A bookshelf is a very stylish way to display DVDs, games and CDs. If on a tight budget, spraypaint old milk crates in your desired color and use them as storage bins. Milk crates are very durable and stack on top of each other nicely. If your entertainment center has a place designated for movies, use it. A label maker is an efficient way to help others know where everything goes.
5. Get Rid of What You Don’t Need
Newer versions of DVD players have dual features that help eliminate the need for multiple devices. Take inventory of your possessions and decide if you really need that old VCR. Look through your catalogue and decide what can be parted with. Donate, trade or sell remaining electronics.
The following local businesses should be able to help you get started:
Ducky’s Office Furniture
970 Denny Way
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For 25 years, Ducky’s has been the preferred source for great deals on used office furniture in Seattle. They also offer a trade-in program so you can upgrade existing furniture for something new.
701 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Hours: Daily – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
At Silver Platters, you can sell CDs, DVDs and books that no longer have any use to you. This is an easy way to keep your collection up to date.
3R Technology, LLC
5511 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pick up service by appointment only
When cleaning up your center, you may decide it’s time to update the entertainment. 3R Technology will recycle any electronics in an environmentally-safe setting. Drop off your old television and start looking for a new one today.
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Tammy Robinson is a chef, writer and mother who resides in Puyallup, WA and has lived in the great Pacific Northwest her whole life. She has worked as everything from a grocery bagger, barista, or florist to a tournant for a catering company and a dinner cook. She now works from home as a writer, which allows her to raise her young children without missing a single step they make. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.