Cords. They’re a necessary evil since we don’t (yet) live in a completely wireless world. To power our many digital devices, cords run rampant in most home and office environments. If you’re fed up with trying to manage and organize your cords to no avail, try one of our FAVES + CO. tips:
Buy Cabledrop Cable Clips and never look back
These little suckers are genius. Hate when your cords fall on the floor after being unplugged? Annoyance no more. Cabledrop Cable Clips hold cords in place and also allow for easy removal, which is key for anyone who works from a mobile office. They come in packs of six and retail for $8.00. You can choose from four different colors to compliment any office or work space.
An automatic cable management system? Yes, please.
The Recoil Automatic Cable Management System lets you wind up your cord around the spring loaded device. It automatically winds your cord and comes in two sizes, including “large” for longer cords. It retails for $9.99 through ThinkGeek. TIP: You can even use these for earbuds!
Binder clips aren’t just for binders
Pull your most used cords through one side of a binder clip and attach the actual clip to a table, desk or nightstand. When the cords aren’t in use, they fit snugly on top of the clip instead of falling to the floor. Major bonus? If you already have binder clips lying around it’s a zero dollar hack. [via indulgy]
Bread tags as labels
FINALLY! Another use for bread tags. Use them as labels to put around each cable. Anytime you need to unplug or move a device you won’t have to follow cord trails to see where they lead. TIP: Use permanent marker to write the names. [via Apartment Therapy]
Trouser socks, FTW!
Cut a whole in an old trouser sock and feed all cables through it. It will make them compact and keep them from popping out the side of places like TV stands or desks. [via RealSimple]
Cable organizer and phone stand, in one
The nice “Goldie” cable for iPhone is all sorts of wonderful. It is designed for any Apple USB connector and keeps your cable and charger together. It’s ideal for people regularly on the go who must travel with multiple devices. You can even shorten and organize your cord when it is plugged in the wall. Not to mention it doubles as a pedestal. This is the most expensive on our list of fixes, retailing at $16.00.
Over-the-door shoe holder for not-on-use cords
We love this one because it’s beyond easy. Go to your favorite retailer and pick up a plastic over-the-door shoe holder. Use each slot to house one cord. Make it even more organized and add a sticky note on the outside to label what it is. [via indulgy]
Use a toilet paper or paper towel roll to store longer cords not in use
Lifehacks rule. Save your favorite paper product roll and use them to house long cords, like extension cords, when they’re not in use. Don’t like the cardboard look? Put fabric or stickers on them to make them look geek chic. [via ApartmentTherapy]
Do you have an awesome lifehack or product to declutter and organize cords? Let us know in the comments!