You would think that having a small square footage would mean that wires aren't a problem. But they are. Particularly, when you have metres of cord wrapping around each other in a tiny space, like where your TV, stereo and DVD player all sit within the same unit. So where possible go wireless. Our printer, for example, can now talk to my laptop or phone from wherever they are in the house and stuck for somewhere to put it, it has been secreted away in a corner of our cloakroom.
And, I've just tried out this battery-operated Vax Air cordless vacuum cleaner. It's hailed the end of negotiating a cord around furniture and slashes the time it takes to cover a room. This clever little piece of kit is ready to go as soon as it's taken out of the cupboard and whizzes around the house in no time.
Plus, there is no bag, you just empty the contents straight into the bin, reducing slightly your environmental impact and saving on the cost of bags too. It comes with two batteries, each lasting about 30 minutes, so you can do the whole house without a recharge. *
And portable wireless speakers are useful too. This Wow speaker streams music from any bluetooth enabled device.