If you dread the thought of dealing with the tangled mess of cords or endless array of remotes lurking in your home, than it might be time to organize your home electronics. There are some practical steps that can make the process a bit less painful, while also providing you with an organized hub for your electronics. Better yet, you will know exactly what you have and how to use it, as opposed to fumbling around with remote controls or devices that aren't connected or configured correctly.

Some action steps that you can take to tidy up the technology in your home include:

Start from scratch.

The best place to start is from scratch. Go ahead and disconnect everything, drawing diagrams on graph paper if you want to be sure to remember which ports your devices connect to. Untangle cords, dust off devices, and spread everything out to get an accurate inventory of what you have.

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Weed it all out.

After you make an inventory of your devices, controls, and cords, start configuring those items that you will need to use. Set up the basic system, whether it be your television, cable connection, router, or other basic electronics, and add your additional devices from there. Be sure to check that you get a good reception and establish internet connectivity before moving on and adding any new devices.

Get rid of the old.

When you have figured out what it is that you want and need, donate or trade your unused or unwanted items. Getting these items out of the home will cut down on the confusion and free-up storage space. Obsolete devices can be donated to an organization that will recycle or sell these goods for a worthy group. Some electronics merchants will give credit for traded-in items, so check with the retailers in your region as well.

Re-purpose and recycle.

Speaking of recycling, there are some very clever ways to recycle unwanted electronics, parts, and gadgets, and simple, online tutorials make it easy to create these distinctive home accents on your own. Before you contribute to local land-fills by discarding electronic items, consider ways that you may turn them into something new.

An organized electronic hub in the home makes it easy and convenient to handle your media, devices, and gadgets. Get rid of the incompatible pieces and shorten up cords to keep things succinct and stream-lined. Take time to try these action steps toward reorganizing your electronics, and cut down on time, confusion, and chaos that disorganized media systems can cause.