St. Louis is one of the leading cities in the United States when it comes to technology and electronic use. Surprising, but true. With our plethora of tech devices, home entertainment centers easily become messy because we mostly use them to store our clutter. Here are five ways to organize your center during this year’s spring cleaning.
1) Get the word out. Communicate to all family members or roommates that the entertainment center is for strictly entertainment purposes, not for storage. If your entertainment center is large enough, you can organize movies on one or multiple shelves and CDs on another. Be sure to place movies and CDs back in their respective spots after every use. Instill this practice into your kids’ minds so they make it routine.
2) Wires, wires, wires. Learning how to disguise these jumbled nests is an art. Most entertainment centers come with holes in the back for organizational purposes. Display your electronic devices accordingly so their cords can fit through these holes easily. If there are no holes, the backs of most entertainment centers are built with thin wood, so drilling your own holes is a breeze.
3) Fit all wires to size. Wires for gaming systems always seem to be eye sores. Place the wires under the game system nice and neat instead of letting them just hang everywhere. Most wires are longer than they need to be. Shorten these lengthy trip-ups with twist ties, leaving just enough wire to play with. Then place the bundles on a shelf next to your console.
4) In the art of Feng Shui. It is better for your home environment when sharp edges are not visible. Soften the edges on top of your entertainment center with a colorful bath towel or a piece of old cloth. Not only will this liven up the wood and soften sharp corners, but it will also hide the dust that is a never-ending battle. Instead of dusting every day, you can wash the cloth once a week.
5) Add accessories. Consider adding small lights or candles to your entertainment center to make it more attractive. Place candles on top of the center and small fluorescent lights within open cabinets to add light to movie, CD and game displays. To skillfully hide the light’s wires, use a staple gun to staple the wires across the top and down the back side of the cabinet. Each light can be individually turned off and on, and use very little energy.
The following local businesses may be able to help you get started:
Missouri Candle & Wax Company
707 Park Ave
St. Louis, MO 63104
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat and Sun – closed
Head here to buy mood candles for your entertainment center. For an added bonus, this company will recycle or refill your empty candle holders.
5711 S Lindbergh Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63123
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Rothman Furniture is the perfect place for all entertainment needs. This local company has a great selection of affordable home entertainment centers.
Starbeam Lighting Solutions
1360 Baur Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63132
Hours: Call to place an order
This is a great place to find cabinet lighting. Starbeam carries a wide range of affordable ambient lighting perfect for entertainment centers. Look at their decorative lighting by Seagull.
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Merlyn Seeley, author of five books, is a freelance writer for Examiner.com. He lives in the Ozarks region of southern Missouri where he and his wife raise a beautiful daughter on their 12 acre off-grid homestead. His coverage includes the St. Louis area and surrounding towns. His work can be found at Examiner.com.