Got a lot of gadgets?
Keeping up with new technology can create a knotty mess of wires and chargers in a home office. Luckily, the compulsively clean techie has fun, stylish options to organize it all.
Families with a lot of mobile devices to charge may like the Belkin Conserve valet, a USB charging station. It charges up to four USB devices, hides the cords and automatically turns off when the batteries are full.
For non-USB friendly products, try the Bluelounge Sanctuary -- it's compatible with almost 4,000 devices. The sophisticated design comes in three colors and can be found at computer or home design stores.
Loose cables that fall off desks can be cleaned up with Cordies, which have rubber grips to keep wires organized. Cordies, a product of Quirky.com, a site that helps inventors produce their ideas, is sold at office and home design stores. It comes in several colors and materials to match any techie's tastes.
Minimize cable tangle with fun cable ties. Kikkerland Design makes them in the shape of monkeys, crocodiles and dachshunds -- great for the tech-savvy teen's room. They can be found at many specialty shops.
Nature lovers may like the New York Museum of Modern Art's leaf cable tie, designed to make cables look like wrapped twigs.
Hide cable clusters with the Bluelounge CableBox Mini, sold at computer or home design stores. The box holds surge protectors and, with six bright colors to choose from, it adds flavor and pop to a room.
High-powered tech means clunky chargers -- something standard surge protectors may not accommodate. Techies can simplify with the Pivot Power surge protector, another Quirky.com product sold at office and home design stores. It fits up to six large chargers and can twist around furniture, great for saving space under the desk.
Extra devices mean a need for more USB ports, but extra ports don't have to look boring or messy. The Museum of Modern Art store in New York offers a pale green hub with four plugs that looks like a string of peas. Kikkerland Design, offered at many specialty gift or home shops, makes a red tulip garden with a USB plug in each of its four flowers.