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TV Remote Control Holders And Caddies

Updated on June 25, 2013

How Many Times Have You Lost Your Remote?

We lost count at our house on how many times it went missing and exactly for how long. So if you have ever lost or "permanently misplaced" your TV remote, you are not alone!

So a few years ago we ended up with a remote control caddy at Christmas as a result of a "Dirty Santa" game. To begin with I really didn't think we would ever use it, but I was amazed at how much simpler it made keeping up with the remote for not only the TV but everything else sitting on or around our entertainment unit. Although I really did not have much say in the first organizer we got, I soon realized there were several design choices available.

With all the media and tech gadgets filling our homes, it also means more and more remotes. It would be nice if you could control everything with just one remote... but I have not found that one magical remote control.

It is just another one of those simple things that can add stress to our lives. We can take care of that stress by finding a way to keep up with our many remotes, organize and reduce the clutter.

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Remote Control Storage

You don't have to sacrifice style for function...

Remote Control storage is a great way to sum up what we need to better organize our gadgets that gives us both style and function, you don't have to sacrifice one to have the other. There are so many designs available, including those especially made for sofa or armchairs and bedsides. There are also spinning and rotating holders for people to choose from. One of the most popular caddies is a table top design that spins and holds up to four photos, this is the style we ended up with at Christmas from the "Dirty Santa" game. I still have it with pictures of my kids from that year!

More common models include the over the couch or chair arm, that can store several remotes neatly. Others are simple boxes with a few dividers, which can sit on a tabletop, entertainment center, or be hidden conveniently behind bigger furnishings. I hope some of this information will help compile the research you need to help you find one that will work for your home or maybe one to give as a gift. They do make excellent gift ideas.

Finding one that suits your style, home décor, or color scheme is really the easy part. The hard part may be determining how many you may need. They are relatively inexpensive and with all the choices you have, it is an easy affordable fix to a stressful problem.


Bluecell PU Leather 5 Compartment TV DVD CD Entertainment Remote Control Organizer Caddy (Brown)


Atlantic 96635642 Remote Caddy


Totes Men's Remote Control Caddy Brown One Size


Perfect Solutions Spinning Remote Control Organizer with Picture Frames


Remote Caddy with Coasters by Totes


Arm Chair Remote Caddy

My First Organizer - Doesn't mean it was our last...

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This is out first remote control organizer complete with pictures! We use this one in our bedroom, holding the TV remote, DVD, and recently adding a media player. I also like keeping a channel guide for quick reference.

A friend of mine doesn't keep pictures in hers, she made lists of favorite channels for her, her hubby and kids and laminated them and keeps those in the picture slots. I thought that was a great idea! Just thought I would share and hopefully someone can use it.

 


SOFA ARM ORGANIZER

Armchair holders are wonderful for family rooms, dens or anywhere you have a sofa or chair and don't want to add something else to your end tables. They save space and have multiple storage compartments to hold more than just your remote.

They are also great for anyone who might have limited mobility, making reaching for the remote much easier. I gave one to all of both of my grandparents and they simply love them! My grandmother keeps her reading glasses and Sudoku in there as well.

One thing you need to remember is making sure you measure the arm of your sofa or chair so you get one that fits properly. This seems to be the most common problem people have when ordering an armchair caddy.

What's in Your Organizer? - Channel Guide, Pens, Reading Glasses, Suduko

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Points to Consider Before Buying

Think about TV habits to determine which style will work best

The goal is to access the remote quickly and put it away easily

Determine how many remotes are used in each room for everyday use

Count how many rooms that need a caddy

Everything Has a Remote Control - How many do you have?

Believe it or not they do make great gift ideas, especially when you are buying for someone who seems to have everything. There are some for every budget and are usually appreciated by people of all ages!

We all know that Christmas seems to always be right around the corner and electronic gadgets are at the top of sooo...many people's wish list. So you know that means we all end up with more of those darned long, skinny (fits right in between the couch cushions), battery controlled, buttoned, gadgets that control everything!

Whether you are buying for a family Christmas game of "Dirty Santa" or need a good but general gift for someone work, these work really well, they can be bought up early, they are not gender or age specific and easy to store until Christmas rolls around.

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A Few Fun Facts about the Infamous (sometimes hard to find) Remote Control

The average U.S. household has five remote controls

and to add to that

The average U.S. household has about 24 electronic gadgets

An ultrasonic remote first came along in the late 1950s and almost two decades later came the infrared remote control (as we know it)

Remote Control Count - This is to help you determine if you need a caddy...

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How many remote controls are in your house?

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Okay, who has the remote? - Another reason for putting it away...

Although this is not how we prefer to store our "remote", it does happen. Just another good reason to think about having a remote caddy for storage. Do you have a funny story about a lost or destroyed remote? Please be sure to share in the comments. We all love to know we are not alone in our pain...

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Multi-use Holders for Every Room - Some useful, some unique...

I am all about finding products that are multi-functional, I feel like I am getting more for my money. These particular designs have drink coasters along with them, so they would be great in the living room, family room or game room.

I had previously had two different organizers one for the remotes and another for my coaster in the the kids game-room and it just took up too much space on the end table. Finding one that actually would hold both works great, it keeps everything functional and leaves plenty of space for their other stuff.

Getting Creative with Storage

Multipurpose Storage Solutions...

I am always looking at ways to re-purpose things or used for purposes not necessarily intended. The remote organizer is just one of those items that has so many great options. Here are some uses that either myself of someone I know have used them for organizing and storing:

Make-up Brushes

Office Supplies

Arts & Crafts Supplies

Magazines or Books

It really depends on the style, shape and size of the caddy/organizer as to what other items you could store inside but the possibilities are really endless.

Endless Ways to Use Caddies - Do You Think Outside of the Box?

My Remote Control Turned Vanity Shelf Organizer - Creative Storage...

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So what happens if you end up with too many of those remote control holders or you update/upgrade to the next level? There is no reason to let it go at your yard sale for a buck, get creative!

I ended up with a couple of extra spinning holders and decided to use one for my make-up/vanity shelf. I know the above video shows using one for just make-up brushes but I really don't have that many brushes but I do have other items that fit perfectly. I was able to store my make-up brushes, as well as my hair brushes,combs and some trimming scissors. I also added just a little padding inside one of the slots so I could store my eye liners and mascara.

To dress it up I just added a pretty design in the picture slots but you could still use pictures, but I would suggest laminating them if they will be in the bathroom because of the moisture.

Already own one? - Let us know what style works for you

What style of remote control caddy do you have?

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Tired of Losing Your Remote? - Alternative to the Remote Control Holder.....

How to Make Your Own - DIY Project that's fun and functional...

Is This An Effective Way To Keep Up With Your Remote Controls for your Gadgets ? - Let us know what you think...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really nice lens on this topic! I like the spinning holder with picture frames!

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      sbconcepts 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, I have one like this in my living room, and I would be lost without it (or should I say my remote would be lost.) Glad you liked it!

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      squid-janices7 5 years ago

      Great idea - I hate all those remotes strewn across the coffee table!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      It seems to me that with more than a couple remote controls - a holder to keep them in one place is a necessity! :)

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      sbconcepts 5 years ago

      Thanks for the support girls! I hate to admit it but I think I am going to have to add another one to my family room (every gadget has a remote!)

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Love that remote locator. I could use that for my hubby's glasses, cell phone, keys ... hmmm. Funny video, too! It's so true, there are wayyyyy too many remotes, but we do love our remotely controlled appliances. Even my computer has one.

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      erwicker123 5 years ago

      your lens sure was fun to visit this morning, thank you indeed.

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Maybe if I got one of these I wouldn't have to scream everyday, "Where's the remote??" Great lens!

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      gracielapischner 4 years ago

      Yes indeed

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      I was lucky enough to have a decorative box I repurposed. Works very nicely.

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      sbconcepts 4 years ago

      @lionmom100: I love re-creating items around the house to use for storage or decorating. It's not only a way to save a little money but it can really be a lot of fun too! Thanks for sharing lionmom100!

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