Organizing Remote Controls

February 28, 2011

A stack of remote controls for various electronics.While I am watching cable/satellite TV, I can never remember which channel is which (AMC, TBS, MTV, etc). Now I cut and tape the channels (from provider's website) on the back of every remote. No more guessing.


By Cipora Auslander from Miami, FL

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For those of us who are always losing the TV remote, here's what I do. I put a strip of Velcro on the back of the TV and another strip closest to where I watch the TV, next to a table or desk. I put the other side of the velcro on the back of the remote.


October 26, 2010

To keep remotes from sliding off your couch, just turn them face down.


January 13, 2006

I was tired of tring to find the clickers for the tv, vcr, dvd, stereo, tivo and all the goodies for which we have clickers (remote controls). The cats would walk acrossed them and change the channels ...


December 27, 2011

If your remote (for your TV or other similar device) stops working, but you're not sure if it's the battery or the connection, you can check this by using your cell phone camera.


May 9, 2011

I keep a remote controlled television in the kitchen where I watch the news and my favorite programs while cooking or cleaning. Attached to the TV is a DVD player with it's own remote.

photo of attach remote


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May 3, 2016

I cannot even count how many times I have spent the evening searching for my TV remote. Add a piece of Velcro to your remote and attach it to the edge of your coffee table.


Attach overtime you're finished with it.


August 19, 2011

My husband recently asked me to purchase a couple of clear plastic makeup bags with zippers to place his various remote controls. This works perfect for him.


April 18, 2012

Keep them all lined up together inside one plastic Ziploc bag. You don't need to take them out to use whichever one you want and keep a couple of batteries in the bag too.


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August 19, 2011

Like most households we have quite a few remotes. Here's my way of keeping them organized and not lost when not in use.


August 19, 2011

Deposit all the remotes in an attractive wicker basket that fits next to your husband's recliner. Your problem is solved instantly.



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May 4, 2007

The TV remote has disappeared again! So annoying! Has anyone seen or constructed something that is a transparent case which holds the remote and is attached to a coiled wire linked to a piece of furniture preventing travel out of the room?


By edieparks (Guest Post)
May 4, 20070 found this helpful

Try a piece of sting and tie it to the leg of your couch. This is the Thrifty site.

May 5, 20070 found this helpful

on that invention show..someone attached a wide ribbon to the back, leaving a length of a couple feet...that way if it slips in between the can still see the ribbon. or if you want to be fancy: get one of those car key finders...glue it on and put the finders remote in a drawer where you can always get it.


good luck!

May 7, 20070 found this helpful

I know this will be funny, but it kinda makes a "wild" kind of sense. My 11-year-old step-son had what I thought was a brilliant idea if only somebody could figure out how to make it work. He thinks couches should hang from the ceiling like a porch swing and the TV remote could hang there right beside it. It would never get lost again!

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May 7, 20070 found this helpful

Ok, this isn't a solution, but a question for manufacturers. Why don't remotes come with a beeper, and TV's come with a button you can push to make the darn remote beep so you can find it?


If it weren't for being able to call my cell phone when I lose it, I'd never find it at all!


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May 8, 20070 found this helpful

I finally bought a second remote. I can usually find one or the other.

By octoberbabye. (Guest Post)
May 8, 20070 found this helpful

You might try the Glad Wrap cling that you press together to make a bag for it, then punch a hole in the corner, reinforce it with tape or glue and then take a length of ribbon and attach with a pin. Put another pin on the other side of the ribbon and pin to the couch.
Let us know what works.


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May 9, 20070 found this helpful

Remotes are in a ziploc bag, sewn down the middle to make 2 separate compartments so they don't hit each other. A coiled wire is attached to the bag and to a string encircling the coaster holder.


Looks tacky, but sure got the message across to the teen who lost it in the first place (yet again!).

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May 9, 20070 found this helpful

Try turning them over. I think the buttons keep them from falling as easy.I do this all the time. I hope this helps you as much as it has me.
Christine L. IN

May 11, 20070 found this helpful

My M-I-L is bedridden and is always losing the remote. Also, when the phone rings, she has problems finding a pen and paper on her bedside table. I purchased an inexpensive binder-type day planner with a front pocket that usually holds your cell phone. I filled the inside with pre-punched lined note paper and placed SEVERAL pens in the inside pocket. Her remote slips in the cell phone compartment on the front of the planner. Now she always knows where everything is :) iggits

November 6, 20070 found this helpful

I bought a remote caddy and "trained" my hubby to ALWAYS put the remotes there. My motto pick a place for something an ALWAYS put it back when done, and you will always FIND it.


Works for everything that can get misplaced. Now if I could train the baby to do the same thing!!!!

April 20, 20110 found this helpful

There is a TV with a beep. You have to whistle to make it beep. My dog could actually bark at a level where the remote would beep and he would go to it. Great little poodle, my Paddy. But, for myself I wonder why we cannot have reading glasses that beep when you whistle. The technology must exist by now. That TV was at least 20 years old and only 100 were produced. Will let you know the name and will write and ask them if they still produce. I put a basket next to my favorite chair and try to put the remotes in there, at least at night before I go to bed and before I go out. I keep my nail file, some polish and remover, hand cream, pain killers, pens, scissors and anything else that seems suitable as I go - looks nice and hides a bunch of mess.

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March 12, 2010

Where to you keep your remote controls? I have 3 different ones for my living room TV and DVD. I have a contemporary living room style with leather sofas and would like to organize them nice and neatly.

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March 13, 20100 found this helpful

It takes too long to find remote controls in their usual hiding spot, between cushions on the sofa. If you're looking for a more convenient place to keep them, put a wide-mouth vase or other good-looking container on your side table, and put all of your remotes inside or a small basket, good luck.


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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know if such a thing exists anymore or not but years and years ago I bought a remote where you could program TV, VCR player and Cable box on just that one remote control. I simply placed that 'one' on my coffee table or next to the TV system and stored the original controls in a drawer in case they were needed in the future.


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March 18, 20100 found this helpful

You can look for a nice decorative box/chest to hold them, that you set on your coffee table. It keeps them close by, keeps everything looking neat, and you always know where to find them.


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March 18, 20100 found this helpful

We have two TVs, one in the living room and one in the back bedroom. When my living room remote (a universal that's programmed to control both the TV and satellite) isn't in my left pocket for convenient access, here's our storage plan:
We tend to keep the living room remote on the table beside my chair. It's either there, or on the edge of the kitchen table, which is against the wall close to the living room. Our house is small enough that that's a convenient place.

The original remote for my TV is in a small compartment of my entertainment center. It's still around if I ever need it, but out of the way. Hubby's remotes, on the other hand, are usually lined up on the small table nearest his chair: universal satellite/TV, original, and DVD-VCR combo unit. Our satellite provider has informed us they have no programming codes for combo units.

As you can see, hubby's and my plans are very different, lol! Hope I've given you an idea or two, though.

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May 22, 2017

This sewing project is a good choice for making a gift or as a nice accessory for your own couch or easy chair. This is a page about how to make a telephone and remote caddy.

Yellow Telephone and Remote Caddy


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May 25, 2010

Put some sticky velcro on the remote, and the arm of the couch. You will always be able to find the remote once you train yourself to put it there. By Linda

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