5 Steps To Organize Your Denver Entertainment Center

April 25, 2012 3:00 AM

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Entertainment centers are anything but entertaining if your collection of CDs, DVDs and video games are scattered without cases, your cords snarl, or the inability to find your favorite Blu-Ray leaves you blue. Implement some organizational systems for your entertainment center and you’ll create clarity. Here are five ways to get a handle on your home entertainment center.

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Alphabetize your music and your movies. (Photo by Colleen Smith)

1. A to Z: Alphabetize your music and your movies. Yes, it sounds like a boring exercise from elementary school English class, but alphabetizing works. Alphabetize movies by titles and music by last name of the artist. If you get out of synch, take time to catch up your reorganization system and refile your media.

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Repurpose bread ties as labels for the cords of all your electronic components. (Photo by Colleen Smith)

2. Cord accord: You know those little plastic tabs that come on the end of bread? Not the twisty ties, but the flat, square-ish shapes. Re-purpose them as labels for all your electronic components. To save confusion, write the names of your electronic components on the tabs. Then put the tabs on the cord near your power strip so you know which cord is which.

3. Stretching exercise: Plug your devices into a power strip that stretches out away from the TV stand. This tip helps you avoid fighting through the snake pit of wires and cords every time you need to unplug or move something. To declutter the small space behind the TV, find a plug either down the wall or on another wall to serve as your prime entertainment power source.

4. Shelf life: If you’re running low on shelf space, let your TV show box sets or “epic movie trilogy” box sets stand on their own on an open surface, or stack them vertically. These box sets often are too big to fit on the shelves next to the rest of the movies, so consolidate them into their own category.

5. Think inside the box: Decorative boxes are an easy and attractive way to store extra cords, power strips, camera equipment and other miscellaneous media items. Stack different styles of boxes on your entertainment center shelves for an artful take on storage. Take your organization a step further by purchasing labels to easily identify what’s in each box. DIY tip: Re-purpose clear plastic boxes or cover shoe boxes in colorful contact paper for quick, budget-conscious CD and movie storage.

If after alphabetizing your CD or record collection you find you no longer listen to half the albums, or they’re just embarrassing flashes from the past, many local record stores will allow you to sell or trade your unused or unwanted music. Check out these five independent stores to expand and organize your entertainment options.

Twist and Shout
2508 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 722-1943
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Second Spin
1485 South Colorado Blvd. # 100
Denver, CO 80222-3652
(303) 753-8822

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri to Sat – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wax Trax Records
638 E 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203-2613
(303) 831-7246

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Stationary Company
2818 East 6th Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 388-1133

The Stationary Company can print specialized, custom labels to help get you organized. Also find unique knickknacks to personalize and dress up your entertainment center.

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