When organizing your workspace, or any room with any amount of technology for that matter, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out what to do with all of the cords. Everything from power cords to chargers to headphones are part of the chaos and make it easy for a room to become overrun with cords, cables, and other clutter. Not only do these cords take away the visual appeal of our room, they also create a hazard for someone to trip over.
Fortunately, there are a number of products that were specifically designed to solve this problem and allow you to turn your rooms from muddled messes into havens of production and organization. There are even some methods of tackling your mess of chords that only require a little bit of ingenuity on your part. Here are some of the best ways to deal with the extra cord length in your life.
Label your cords
Any time you have to unplug your gadgets to clean or reorganize, one of the most painstaking tasks is trying to remember which cord goes with each gadget. Labeling your cords can be done by hand using stickers and a marker or by using a labeling device. There are also other more unorthodox, but just as effective, ways to label your cords.
If you have several cords running through the walls, a wall plate may be the best way to manage what you’ve got. Bulk cable plates feature an opening large enough to pull through multiple wires at once and make adding or eliminating cables convenient. A major advantage of wall plates is that they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors so they can blend seamlessly into any space.
Regardless of the number of cords you’re dealing with, cable covers can make your room look neat and organized. If you have several rooms that have cords that need to be covered up, you can get larger quantities of these covers, but for most people, a small amount will do the job. Cable covers are ideal for hiding wires in many areas. There are angled pieces for use in corners and straight pieces for use in most other applications.
Ties and wraps
One method of cord organization is to use nylon cable ties. Plastic nylon cable ties can be cut to fit however many cords you want to pull together. Cable ties come in a variety of sizes, so you should be able to find one that fits your needs.
Similar to cable ties, Velcro wraps are another viable option for decluttering areas overpopulated with cords and cables. Velcro may not sound like a very durable way to keep your cords together, but there are high-quality wraps that are durable enough to maintain their grip through many adjustments and readjustments. Not only are these wraps affordable, they can easily be used alongside other cord and cable management tools to store cords and cables as efficiently as possible. Maybe the best feature of Velcro wraps is that they are gentle enough to avoid scratching the wires they are holding together.
Cable clips are meant to organize smaller amounts of cord and wire. They are a subtle form of cord management, small enough to blend in along a baseboard or a section of molding. If you want to wrangle in a significant number of chords, you’ll likely need more than a couple cable clips to do the job, but if your cable situation isn’t completely out of control, cable clips may very well suffice.
Cords are a nearly unavoidable part of our everyday lives, but, over time, they seem to multiply and begin to take over our workspaces and homes. Although we’ve discussed many ways to get these cord-related problems under control, there are many more options to choose from. You’ve looked at your long piles of cords in horror for too long, pledging to yourself that you’re going to do something about it one day. With so many ways to organize your cords, there’s never been a better time to get them under control and make your room into a hazard-free place that you can enjoy.