Gadgets That Empower
Take Charge of Charging
New rule: Instead of putting devices to bed in bedrooms (where they can disturb slumber), the kids need to dock their electronics in a communal caddy. A well-designed model can hold a laptop and three phones and keep their charging cords under wraps. With such a small footprint (10 by 5 inches), it leaves room for a second caddy if needed.
To buy: Bamboo Multi-Charging Station, $35, greatusefulstuff.com.
Make Cords Disappear
Not to make it all about looks, but an uncluttered command center is an inviting, high-functioning space. Hide lengths of cord (from the lamp or a laptop, say) on the floor in a cable box that plugs into the wall.
To buy: Orange small cable box, $30, poppin.com.
Ride the Wireless Wave
Another way to tame cords is to remove them completely. A wireless keyboard, mouse, and printer (which lets you stream info even from your iPhone) is like a Xanax for your work zone.