In contemporary society it is very easy to allow technology to completely rule our lives. With the onset of countless technological products designed to make our lives easier and to combine hundreds of different tasks in one gadget, we now rely on technology more than our left pinkie toe. Although it can easily and understandably rule our work or study lives, technology shouldn’t be the focal point in the home. And far from just its adverse behavioural effects, technology can significantly clutter a home, which in the case of a narrow home should be avoided at all costs.

Television

One of the primary technological items that has become our achilles heel of the digital world is of course the television. Even though TVs are necessary to keep up with news and current affairs, for escapism, entertainment and education, this doesn’t mean they have to be everywhere at once. Televisions are almost always the central focus of a room and all furniture is directed towards that one point. The introduction of flat screen televisions has clearly limited their ability to take up space in a room. However, with wider and larger screens being developed, the furniture needs to be set further and further back to enable one to take the entire visual in.

One of the most functional and nifty tricks I have seen of people attempting to limit the space a TV takes up and to avoid it cluttering a room, is to have a television which comes out of the TV cabinet. My parents have recently built a home in which the view and the fireplace take precedence over the TV. The necessity of having a television, however, meant that they still wanted one in the living room, without it completely dominating the room. This is an example of a television hidden beneath the cabinet, making the space appear larger when not watching the television. Yet when a program is on you want to watch, the press of a button causes a large flat screen TV to emerge from the cabinet.

Cords

One of the most annoying and pervasive parts of all the technological items that rule us, is the extended cords that run from each object. Power boards, extension cords, and cables seem to be entangled all through the house as though a knot of snakes has taken up residence in our homes – threatening to trip us over or worse if we don’t bend to their will. Cords are also another unsightly element that seems to enclose a space and make it appear smaller than it truly is. A cleaner room with less wires running through it on the other hand does wonders in terms of making a house appear tidier and larger.

The good news is that there are a few easy ways to hide or eliminate cords in the home to achieve this more aesthetically pleasing look. The study is the obvious place to start as the presence of technology usually knows no limits here. One of the easiest ways to fix this is to have a small, circular hole in the desk through which all of the cords can go, directly down to the power plug below the desk. This means that the cords are out of sight, but also that they are much neater as they all travel in the same direction and rather than winding around, they just go straight towards the hole. Another similar way is to have a cord management strap at the back edge of the desk, which covers the cords and leads to a plug.

Another great way, which is very easy to employ in your home is with a cable box. This is simply a plain white or black box that covers a power board and the many wires twisting and meandering out from it. This really proves that out of sight…well you can’t see it in anymore and it looks infinitely better.

The last way to you can limit messy and obtrusive electrical cords in the home is to make art out of it. Yes it sounds absurd, but using cords to make wall art can actually be a fantastic way to get cords off the floor and also to develop creative and innovative wall art. 

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