Winning the minimalism war is difficult in the technological era. Because of the compulsory gadgets and gizmos around the house, there tends to be a yard of cables too. And, you can stuff them behind the furniture all you want but they still peak out. Plus, you know they are there, biding their time before they pop out again.
The majority of moms don’t want to get rid of the features; they’re too important. Imagine a house without any wifi. Even the adults wouldn’t be able to cope! On the flip side, you can’t live like a tramp either and leave clutter everywhere.
So, what are the options?
The first port of call is to invest in wifi. Not only can you connect to the internet from anywhere in the house, but the router has minimal cables. And, you can hide them behind the back of the TV for extra peace of mind. Some of the pre-paid internet boxes are wireless so there’s no need to worry whatsoever. All you need to do is find a home for the router, which is easy considering it’s a small, sleek package. Nowadays, it’s possible to connect everything to the wifi and that means there’s no need for a landline phone. Goodbye relic of a bygone era!
Speaking of a connection, you need a machine which links all of the devices in the house. The Amazon Echo is probably the most famous and popular right now, also known as Alexa, but Google has the Google Play. Anyone who is invested in iOS software will be happy to know that Apple has the HomePod, so there’s no need to mix Apple and Android. The IoT can control everything from the lights to the alarm to the locks on the doors. Yes, smart locks allow you to open and close doors remotely from an app.
Because the Internet of Things syncs all of your important data, there’s no need to invest in consumerism as much. It’s weird that technology is breaking down materialism, but it’s logical when you think about it analytically. What’s the point in an alarm clock or a radio when Alexa has it all and can produce it with one command? Of course, the new stuff only makes you want to buy it because it’s cool and contemporary and new-age. The trick is to figure out whether you need it or whether it’s already covered thanks to your smart home. More often than not you’ll find it’s the latter.
If wires and cables are unavoidable, then it’s time to find them a home. That way, when they’re not in use, they won’t clutter up space and get in the way. Where you choose to put them is a personal choice and one that centers on the layout. Still, you should try to keep everything within reach of where it will get plugged in. For example, the iPhone charger is best by the socket for easy access.
How do you mix a minimalist home with modern gadgets?