In Dallas, everything is done with big love. You love movies. You love music. You even love that large television. However, you may not love all of those wires, remotes and other must-haves needed just to make your devices come to life. Countless hours have gone toward trying to unravel cords upon cords, only to still have a tangled mess. How will this mess ever get sorted out? Simple organization is the key. Here are five tips for getting your entertainment center in proper shape.
1. Prioritize: Get rid of what you don't listen to, watch or just forgot you even had. Spring is close at hand and there is no better way for you to declutter your space than by getting rid of the unnecessary DVDs and CDs laying around. Consider having a garage sale or donating your gently used items. This is a great starting point, as it instantly adds space to the room.
2. Use storage bins and labels: The easiest way to organize your entertainment center is to combine and label like items. You don't have to label each CD or DVD in the collection, but consider grouping your entertainment alphabetically or by genre. If pressed for space, then go with a vertical rack that will only take up a small area. Similarly, keep all remotes in the same location as these are necessary items to keep around.
3. Bind cords individually, then collectively: One solution to taming cord madness is binding them together. Use color-coded Velcro ties or colorful rubber bands for all cords connected to one device. Ensure you know the source for each color coding. Complete the process by binding all small bundles together as one. This will quickly consolidate the mess.
4. Buy an entertainment center with drawers: Gone are the days of the famous two-shelf roller television stand. As your collection increases, so does the need for adequate storage. There is more to an entertainment center than just DVDs, CDs and video games. Board games, blankets and magazines are all commonly stored in this room. Choose a unit that can accommodate all sorts of items.
5. Consider wall mounting: If you don't have the money to invest in a larger entertainment center or your home is not large enough, then consider mounting items such as your television to the wall to create additional shelf space. It pays to hire a professional for this job as it needs to be done the right way the first time.
The following local businesses should be able to help you get started:
CD Source 1/2 Price CD's
5500 Greenville Ave, Suite 201
Dallas, TX 75206
Hours: Mon to Thurs - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat - 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun - 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sell your extra CDs at CD Source 1/2 Price CD's. This Dallas spot is a great source for making a profit off of outgrown entertainment.
Regency Office and Promotional Products
2025 Irving Blvd, Suite 206
Dallas, TX 75207
Hours: Mon to Fri - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat and Sun - Closed
Regency specializes in office supply needs such as labels and storage bins. This is your one stop shop for managing your wire overload.
3219 Knox St, Suite A
Dallas, TX 75205
Hours: Mon to Fri - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun - Closed
You can only have so many bookshelves and crates full of movies and music. Try Weir's Furniture to find a wide range of entertainment storage units.
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Ivy N. Carter has been professionally writing since 1998 when she started writing for the Texas Southern University The Herald student newspaper. Since then Ivy has enjoyed writing for several magazines, newspapers, businesses and other publications throughout the country. She has a MBA is the owner of Written By INC a professional writing and editing company. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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