The only question heard more often in a home theater than “What’s on?” is “Where’s the remote?” For legless, inanimate objects, they seem to disappear with frustrating frequency. Don’t panic. Once you’ve located your wandering remote, taming it is a lot easier than getting it away from the man of the house.
- Bag’em. Hang a cloth bag like those used for magazines over the arm of one of your theater seats. Hang it on the right for most people and on the left for southpaws. Once reaching down for the remote as you sit becomes a habit, so will dropping it back in the bag when it’s not in use.
- Box’em. Gather all of your remotes together if you have more than one, and place them in a decorative basket or box on the coffee table. Many home theater stores and office supply places offer a wide variety of choices ranging from pretty cloth-covered baskets to more masculine-looking leather boxes. Even a clean and empty coffee can covered with shelf paper works because people are more likely to put things back where they belong if they have a definite home.
- In Extreme Cases. If someone in your household keeps the remote in hand as they head for the kitchen for snacks, attach a curly cord to your home theater furniture at one end and the remote at the other. Self-adhesive Velcro dots are great for this, but remember to stick them inside the arm of the chair or sofa down near the cushion where they won’t show.