Organizing Cables & Cords!

February 22, 2011 by  

Using  Toilet Paper Rolls & Duct Tape To Organize Your Cables and Cords!

I got this idea from a post that House on Ashwell Lane posted on my Organizing Mission Monday link party a few weeks back. I thought it was great. This was more of a variation of that idea. (but my 2nd solution is just about the same thing as hers) I’m not sure if this was her idea, or if she saw it somewhere else. But after I saw it, I started saving my empty toilet paper rolls. I also bought some duct tape in fun colors.

Solution #1  Creating Sleeves for organizing the electrical cord clutter.

toilet paper rolls and duct tapeI covered the toilet paper rolls with the duct tape. Since my office accent colors are lime green and hot pink I thought that was a natural choice. But I also liked the black and white and thought I might need something a little more calm.

covering toilet paper roll with duct tape

I started with the pink duct tape.  It took 3 wraps around. I could have cut it width wise to fit and do closer to 2 1/2 times, and then I wouldn’t have had the over lap. It’s up to you.

Take the cord and wind it up so it is a little longer than the size of the roll.

cord organizingTake the toilet paper roll and thread the plug through the roll first, and then work the bulk of the cord slowly in.

toilet paper roll to organize cordsI realized as I put this extension cord through, that had I not used duct tape around the roll, it would have split.

toilet paper roll to organize cords

There you go! I think that looks cute!

toilet paper roll to organize cords

Next I covered a green one. That cord was not as large and I knew the cord would end up falling out. Hmmm…what to do?

I used a piece of tape to cover the ends.

toilet paper rolls cord organziersDo that on both ends and then you don’t have to worry about the cord falling out.

cord organizing with toilet paper rollsMy next one was the black and white one. I ended up using this one more as a pass through with a couple of bigger cables. I think I would rather have a paper towel roll… oh.. or even a wrapping paper roll for this (options are endless! LOL) but it gives you the idea. I did wrap up one of the smaller cords extra bulk into it.

toilet paper roll cord organizing

So this is what the cords look like behind my chair now. I also labeled them for easy identification.

toilet paper rolls to end cable clutter

I also used the black and white on the other side of the room where it is more open and visible.

toilet paper roll sleeve for electric cord

Solution #2 – Organizing Your connector and charging cords

Here is another idea and this one is really more the post that House on Ashwell Lane did. This was my original intent for saving the toilet paper rolls, because I wanted to figure out something for my camera connectors.

toilet paper rolls

I covered four more rolls (saving toilet paper rolls in a household of seven doesn’t take real and then had to figure out how to attach them together. I did not want to put them down in a box. I wanted to use them on my shelf and have the openings pointing out towards me, not up in the air.

toilet paper rolls to organize cordsI used the green tape to tape them together. Looks a little goofy… but its fun. (actually reminds me of sticks of dynamite from the Road Runner cartoon or something.)

toilet paper roll But I still wasn’t satisfied. It was just sitting loose on the shelf and even though the four rolls were attached to each other, I knew that each time I pulled a cable connector in or our I would have to hang onto the rolls. So I decided to stabilize them in a basket.

toilet paper rolls for connector cordsNow I am back to having to reach down in and the shelf I want these on is up above my head. So….

cord connectors organizedI’m making progress, but still need some more stabilization. I tried and two more rolls would fit right in the empty spaces.

cable organizersI didn’t end up attaching the extra two, there was no need to. I had cleaning clothes for my camera and computer and they worked in here perfectly!

cable organizing

It works for me! Obviously I can add to it if I need to. How is that for a low cost fun organizing project?

What do you think?  Like it.. think it is craaazzyy…. or are you going to start saving your toilet paper rolls (don’t save them if you aren’t going to do the project thought….or you will just end up with a bunch of toilet paper clutter!)

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26 Responses to “Organizing Cables & Cords!”
  1. What an awesome idea! I’ve been wondering how to keep all these cords looking organized and not a tangled mess. This post is a God-send..Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sandy says:

    I am glad it can help.

  3. Liz Noonan says:

    I love it! Great idea!

  4. karen M says:

    that is brilliant!!! so simple and looks nice too… love the idea!

  5. Ches says:

    Great idea! I will definitely use this tip for all the cords we have to store. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Sandy says:

    Thanks everyone. It can be a fun project for the kids to do too!

  7. What a great idea, love it! Thanks for linking this up to our first “Wicked Awesome Wednesday” blog party. :-)

  8. Sandy says:

    Sure…. I know how hard it can be to get a link party going. At least it has been for me. lol I appreciate your support too!

  9. Megan says:

    Oh, I like this idea. Good one.

  10. JillianElise says:

    I love the idea but, would like to point out a dangerous problem. My Cousin’s house recently burned down. The fire department said the cause was the power cord to the freezer been tied up to keep it out of the way. Apparently after years of being this position can cause a short in the wire. They said to always keep cords that are plugged in loose.
    I had never heard of this but, would hate to see this happen to anyone else.
    Still a great idea for storage of cords. :)

  11. Sandy says:

    Thanks for telling me that. I actually have a post today on an interview I did with Sparky the fire dog (NFPA) on wire safety too. I did ask what the suggestions were for cord organization. This was the response.
    “There are many varieties of cord organization systems available so it would be important to refer to the manufacturers’ recommendations for the product when selecting one. Avoid any systems that would require putting cords against walls or furniture or running them under carpets or across doorways.”
    There are many forms of organizers that do keep them from being loose. I think it would be a good part of your routine spring check on the cords if you do use any of these forms of cord organization.

  12. Debra Richardson says:

    I love you for this. Just what I was looking for!

  13. Beth says:

    What a great idea!!!

  14. Aoife says:

    I have my cables loose but not visible. Instead, I put pieces of paper under cellotape on the plugs so that when I get to the socket I know which is which. I push the other end of the wire (for things like chargers) through a bulldog clip. I have these at work, by the sofa and by the bed. Still, it doens’t quite keep them as tangle-free as toilet roll tubes would. Definitely going to use your storage idea!

  15. Sandy says:

    Thanks! yes… I love labeling them. It is easy with new things to forget to label and then you realize how much you miss it! lol

  16. Mila says:

    egh, i dont think it looks good.

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  18. Betty819 says:

    Super Idea that I want to implement into my own home. Have Duct tape on my list of things to buy at the craft store. I keep saving the toilet paper rolls to only throw them out because I haven’t shopped for the duct tape yet. Easy to replenish the toilet paper rolls though so that’s not a problem. I haven’t decided where the best place to keep them so that both of us will know where to find them quickly when needed..Maybe in the one section of the linen closet where candles, light bulbs, chandeleir shades, vacumn cleaner bags are kept. What type of marker did you use to write on the outside of the duct tape. I noticed you marked the cord as to what it belonged to also..great idea!

  19. Betty819 says:

    Those hot pink and lime green tape is really pretty is very visable. Hard to miss which is a good thing!

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