I love having a computer in the kitchen. The room is already the central hub of the house, by virtue of location. Having the computer right there means I can glance at email when I walk in the door, I can listen to NPR streaming while I clean up or cook, and recipes are easily accessible and read right there on the 19 in monitor!
The only problem is the unattractive web of wires. It’s a bit ironic, really, since we have whole house wireless. You can see to the right what our computer area – which also serves as a convenient cell phone and palm pilot charging station – looks like.
Alvin Trusty’s blog recently concluded a 102 post series on efficiency, but he never covered suggestions for reducing the wired clutter. In addition to the Palm cords (charging and sync-ing) and the two cell charger cords, I keep the cord for downloads from the digital camera, camera battery charger, a few headsets, and the microphone for Skyping. The speaker cords, computer cords, and mouse cords add to the mess.
So – anyone have any ideas for cleaning up our area visually?