James Tre­ble shares his tips to help you con­trol the clut­ter of con­nec­tiv­ity.

Homes+ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - James Tre­ble is a qual­i­fied colour con­sul­tant/in­te­rior de­signer with over 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence within the build­ing and de­sign in­dus­tries.

James Tre­ble of­fers stylish so­lu­tions to get cords and charg­ers un­der con­trol.

WE LIVE IN EX­CIT­ING TIMES with the latest of tech­nol­ogy at our fin­ger­tips, but most of these amaz­ing gad­gets also come with wires, charg­ers and stor­age cases. When you mul­ti­ply all these by the num­ber of mem­bers in your fam­ily, the end re­sult is far from ex­cit­ing; it’s messy, un­sightly and, for tidy peo­ple, can even be stress­ful.

So to help you gain some or­gan­ised san­ity, here are my ideas and tips to help ev­ery mem­ber of the house­hold deal with their tech­nol­ogy. Then you will be able to en­joy all that the won­der­ful world of tech has to of­fer, with­out trip­ping over once!


Mo­bile phones and keys are of­ten dumped in a com­mon “drop-off” point (usu­ally a side­board or kitchen bench). In­stead, to keep tech or­gan­ised, give each fam­ily mem­ber a des­ig­nated space for which they are re­spon­si­ble. This can be a spe­cific drawer or shelf in a cup­board, where phones can still be charged, but which is dis­creet and out of the way. Al­though some kids seem to live on tech­nol­ogy, avoid hav­ing charg­ers next to their beds, as this is not rec­om­mended by health ex­perts.

Gam­ing wires, cords and hand­sets seem nev­erend­ing and need to be man­aged. If the hum­ble TV unit can’t cope, try a stylish wicker bas­ket as a quick and easy dump­ing so­lu­tion.

The gam­ing bits can be eas­ily found, you can clean around the bas­ket and it be­comes part of your home styling, re­plac­ing a clut­tered mess.


While most tech­nol­ogy is usu­ally wire­less, it all needs charg­ing and, if it doesn’t use a cloud or wire­less in­for­ma­tion sys­tem, cord con­nec­tion to var­i­ous de­vices. Var­i­ous brands and mod­els of mo­bile phones have dif­fer­ent sized con­nec­tors, cre­at­ing a pile of charg­ers and wires. Sim­ple so­lu­tions to con­tain the cords in­clude ca­ble ties or ad­justable tub­ing, which al­low you to bun­dle them into one tidy length.

If you have a des­ig­nated space for your PC, a small round cut-out in your desk­top will keep the wires un­der the desk­top rather than on top. And place the main home phone wall point in a home of­fice or hall­way, so sep­a­rate hand­sets can be on the kitchen bench or in the liv­ing area where they can wire­lessly con­nect to the land­line, re­duc­ing the num­ber of cords.


A small des­ig­nated study space or tech work­bench can be in­cor­po­rated into many mod­ern kitchens. This al­lows phones and de­vices to be close at hand, but not in the way of cook­ing and pre­par­ing meals, and is well worth con­sid­er­ing if you are re­design­ing your kitchen. To keep the area clut­ter-free, in­cor­po­rate closed wall-mounted stor­age for files, books and pa­per­work, a cut-out in the bench­top to keep the wires off the bench space, and draw­ers un­der the desk­top where lap­tops or hand­held de­vices can be slid into and stored when not in use. These fea­tures will help you to cre­ate an or­gan­ised space that has ev­ery­thing within reach, but is also nice to look at, not an eye­sore.


Mak­ing houses tech ready for the fu­ture has be­come a ma­jor con­cern for de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects, both when build­ing from scratch and ren­o­vat­ing, as it will im­pact the look and feel of the fam­ily home. Con­sid­er­a­tions in­clude hid­ing the mul­ti­tude of ca­bles con­nect­ing tele­vi­sions, DVD play­ers, sound sys­tems and modems. For wall-mounted tele­vi­sions, there are many sim­ple sys­tems to hide ca­bling in­side the wall cav­ity. Also think about built-in study ar­eas for chil­dren, for ex­am­ple un­der the stairs or a side area of the liv­ing room, which gives them much needed bench space – where you can see what they are do­ing and view­ing.

Mod­ern fam­ily Tech­nol­ogy is ter­rific for all ages, but it does have hard­ware to man­age.

Nooks and cran­nies

Small spaces can be turned into use­ful con­nected work­sta­tions.

NIGHT DUTY Selje bed­side ta­ble with wire­less charg­ing, $78.99, from Ikea. Cord-free

Place this ta­ble in a hall­way or liv­ing area for handy phone charg­ing.

MULTI-TASKER Rig­gad LED work lamp with wire­less charg­ing, $95, from Ikea.

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