From Toilet Paper Rolls and Duct Tape to Binder Clips – Four Solutions to Organize Your Cords and Cables
All those cables! Yuck!
I recently reorganized my office and I’m amazed myself how much electricity I have going on in this room! Two lamps, a desk top, a lap top, modem, wireless router, external hard drive, printer, pencil sharpener (as she looks around the office to see what else is plugged in) shredder, clock radio and of course my electric blanket! I know… it sounds like oodles doesn’t it? It is, but I’m sure not unlike many of your offices.
So obviously I have a lot of cords. I got discussed yesterday when I pulled out my chair to clean and saw a pile of cords. I’m thinking… ok I am an organizer, I need to do something to organize this mess.
I am going to give you five solutions that may help you organize your mess. None of them are very expensive and one of them can use your creative juices!
Solution #1 – Cable Organizer from The Container Store
I purchased this cable organizer from The Container Store over a year ago and had never put it to use. So… I got it out and decided to try it out.
You open it up by pulling back on the rubber edges and wrap your cord around it. There are different sizes, this was one of the larger ones. I am using an extension cord on this and it fits fine. I don’t think I’d be able to fit anymore though.
See how it wraps around. If you are only using one cord and need some extra length I don’t think it would be hard to unwind at all. If you were to get several cords in there, it might get a little messy. (picturing a skein of yarn)
You then just fold down the edge and your done!
Then it looks like this
You can find this at The Container Store and it runs around $15, so if you need very many it can be a pricey option. I have seen other ones also called the turtle that are basically the same idea, I don’t think they look as cool as this though.
Solution #2 Using Binder Clips To Help Organize Cables
This is not my original idea, I have seen it in several places and I have no idea who originally posted or came up with the idea. They all use this same picture from this post. That solution does not work for me. I have a huge thick desk and a binder clip would not clip on the back edge like that. I took these pictures showing another possible way you could use this down lower on a desk to keep it hidden, although I still like the other solution better. (I’m thinking on the back of the desk)
Problems with this solution – You can’t have a plug end that is bigger than the opening of the binder clip.
Then if you have a thick desk like me… it won’t work. But I do think it is a neat way to have your cords accessible. It doesn’t really organize the underneath mess though.
Solution #3 – Command Strip by 3M
I have been using these 3M Command strips for a couple of years now and I love them. These are attached to the leg of my desk right by my chair. I have my computer cable, Seagate external hard drive back up cable and my 2nd monitor screen cable right at hand. I don’t have to go searching on the floor to find them when I need them.
Here is another picture of them from a little further away. Ideally I should have positioned them on the back of the desk leg so they wouldn’t be so visible. But, it is no problem to take them off and put another adhesive strip on the back and reuse them. I have also used them along my desk top to keep cords along an edge.
Solution #5 Using Empty Toilet Paper Rolls and Duct Tape to create Sleeves and organizing cubbies
You can see my post from yesterday called Organizing Cords and Cables that I did showing how to make both of these projects.
Cord Connector Cubbies
The 2nd project I used empty toilet paper rolls and duct tape was to make organizational cubbies for my connector cords.
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