Have you ever wanted to unlock your door with a fingerprint? Control the indoor and outdoor lights with your phone? You can do those things and more with a smart home. We show you how to get a home with connected technology and remote-operated devices that are designed to improve and simplify your life. We sift through the many options, including smart appliances, new apps, and smartphone and tablet innovation, and only bring you those that can make your life better. We give you tips and tricks for navigating the new home technologies and help you with buying decisions.See More
If disorganized gift wrap dampens your giving spirit, set up a wrapping station in a basement or crafts room to wrap presents and corral materials.
Cabinets ($43 each) mounted above the pegboard keep clutter at a minimum and house shoeboxes that keep greeting cards organized.
Akurum horizontal wall cabinet in Arlig white: IKEA; ikea.com
Small tags and ribbons get lost in the bottom of a box, but clear plastic pegboard accessories ($19.80) keep those darling decorative items organized and within reach. And let's face it, sometimes the only safe time to wrap is when otherwise peeping eyes are sleeping. For those late-night sessions, a swing-arm wall lamp ($84.60) directs light right where it's needed.
Pegboard accessories: Azar International, Inc.; azardisplays.com
George Kovacs P3 accent wall lamp: CSN Lighting; csnlighting.com