Happy Monday and welcome to this week's installment of "Home is where the office is," a special springtime series of posts celebrating the roughly 20 million members of the American workforce who shuffle to their dens, spare bedrooms, kitchen tables, mom caves or backyard office pods at least once a week to perform what would otherwise be performed in a soulless office block miles away.
After putting on proper clothing and venturing outside of the home for the past two installments with a look at hotels ideal for eco-minded business travelers and messenger/laptop bags, I'm back at where the real pajama-wearing magic happens: the home office.
Unless you rely primarily on a rotary phone and a vintage Smith Corona, it's safe to assume that — for better or worse — your home workspace is populated by a plethora of gadgets and gizmos both portable and stationary. When investing in this distinctly 21st century form of desktop clutter, we often look for the fastest, sleekest, and, of course, newest. But no matter how flashy or tech-forward our home office e-accoutrements are, they don't amount to much when they're accompanied by an unsightly mess of cords, cables, and chargers that are plugged directly into an energy-guzzling outlet or a single, overworked power strip.
Below you'll find a handful of energy-saving and cord-concealing/organizing products that will keep you plugged in while lowering your electric bills and/or sparing you from unsightly e-messes. And if you've avoided that daunting "cord-tastrophe" that lives underneath or atop your desk for a while now, make it your spring cleaning/organizing priority.
Kill A Watt Power Strip and Energy Meter @ Smarthome ($99.99)
BlueLounge Cable Box Organizer Mini @ A + R Store ($30)
Kikkerland Charging Station @ Kikkerland ($30)
BlueLounge CableDrop Cable Clips @ ThinkGeek ($9.99 - $11.99)
Belkin Conserve Valet - Smart USB Charging Station @ Belkin ($39.99)
EcoStrip 2.0 - USB Powered Power Strip @ Amazon.com ($33)
PC TrickleStrip Energy-Saving Surge Protector @ The Green Depot ($39.95)